I’m totally amazed and touched by the outpouring I’ve received from my last post Back With a Vengeance. In addition to the comments posted on this blog, and new followers, I’ve had many posts of support on Facebook, phone calls, private messenger messages, text messages and the list goes on. What amazes me most is the sharing of personal stories – grief, depression, some of detailed and sad experiences – past and present.
Friends text me to see how I am. Some call and ask if I will walk, come over, “How are you?” “What can I do?”
When you’re depressed you feel alone. You think, “I don’t want to burden anyone. I don’t want people to think I’m complaining. My life looks good and I shouldn’t complain…” and lots of other things go through your mind. It might not seem rational to other people who look inside from the outside, but we all feel alone, when we are alone in our heads.
Thanks to all of you who have reached out. You have given me moments of clarity, something I realize now I haven’t felt for a while. You have reminded me that I’m not really alone and I’m strong when I need to be and, most important, that will get through this. So I had to tell you that your messages have meant so much to me and sharing your personal stories has been uplifting and humbling.
We are all human. We all feel happiness and pain. Life is a journey and often a roller coaster. It can be difficult to navigate. Thank you for reminding me that we all feel this together.
I’ve been working hard to live my life one day at a time since Bob died, because the one real lesson I learned is that we really don’t know when our last tomorrow will be. Thank you for reminding me of this. And thank you for your stories and outpouring of love and caring. It means a lot to me.