A couple of years ago, I was wandering through Farmers when I found a discount aisle, and I found a necklace for $2, it was a bargain at the time, but I think it was also a timely reminder, in what is to become an anthem for my life.
Live each day as it comes, one day at a time. Don’t plan too far in advance, just get through today, because you aren’t promised tomorrow. I like having my planner on the fridge. If it doesn’t make it to my calendar and planner, then it isn’t worth my attention.
Living my life is all about enjoying the small moments, because it is the small moments that add up to make a memorable day. Even if the small moments are few and far between, they are worth living for. So what are the small moments? A bird twittering in the trees, a breeze moving the flowers, the summer sun on your skin, the soft kiss of snow on your eyelashes. Just the little things. I am always walking around with my head facing up – it is because I love looking at the sky and clouds.
Where would life be if we couldn’t laugh at ourselves? And I am pretty good and making myself laugh. I love a good old belly laugh, and quite often I will find something funny on youtube, just so I have a giggle. My son and I often look up funny cats to see what is new and have a laugh at the silly antics the cats get up to.
Laughing is good for your soul. It releases feel good endorphins that make you feel better, so laughing is actually medicinal, and no one knows that better than me. Laughing makes you view things through different glasses. If I feel down, I try and find something funny to watch, just to lighten my spirit.
Love is very important to me. Without the love and support of my family, I would not have made it as far as I have in my healing. I love my family, and they love me. I love my friends, because they have been there for me. I love my cats because they have shown me devotion when I have been at my worst. While my loved ones have suffered because of my depression, they have continued to show me love and support as I clawed my way out of the darkness and slowly into the light. While most people would hope that my loved ones would have helped me, they couldn’t. Depression isn’t something that you can wrap a bandage around, or give a panadol for. Depression is a mental illness, even those suffering don’t understand the condition, so how can we expect our loved ones to understand and make it better for us. Just having them there for me, to cuddle and kiss me and tell me that everything is going to be alright was all I needed.
So that little necklace, which cost me $2, has a significant meaning for me, and while I can’t wear it now, due to a faulty catch, I often look at it, and remember the times that I wore it, and how it reminded me that everyday, I need to Live, Laugh and Love and often.