Well here we are again; another year to be thankful for. And let me say that the timing is really fitting this year, as, unfortunately, my depression came back early this month. I won’t mention the cause, but to cut the story short, I began questioning how on earth I had been happy and contented before. It lasted for about 2 weeks or so, and although it’s considerably short compared to my bout of depression a good few years ago, this one was short and rather intense.
There were a lot of tears, I’ll admit, and it felt like forever. I knew that my depression had returned, and to be honest, I was rather shocked at how easily it could return at full force, despite the few years that I’ve been practicing gratitude (in which I’d like to think I was starting to get the hang of).
I am thankfully and officially out of that phase, but I’ll admit that I’m not fully ‘recovered’. Might take a while, but at least I’m out of that whole ‘feeling-sorry-and-shitty-about-myself’ phase. It was tiring me out and quite honestly, I’d be exhausted emotionally by the end of the day. You can read more about what happened in this post.
Anyway… let’s kick off the Things I’m Thankful For list! =D
1. Needless to say, the item that tops the list each year without fail is my family. Family comes first before anything and everything. <3
2. Second, of course, is my sister from another mister. My best friend Ann, whom I miss like crazy. She also sent me the tweet above this morning, and made my day. Thank you babe <3
3. THESE CRAZY LOT. Ann, Shan & I were lucky enough to meet them, and though we never got the chance to get to know some of them better, I’ll miss you guys when you go back. <3
4. I’m definitely thankful I came across this book. Which, in turn, makes me grateful that I was able to attend the National Achievers Congress at MIECC early this year. It was a brilliant 3 days in which I was fortunate enough to buy a copy of Andrew Matthews’ book How Life Works, and even luckier to be able to get my copy signed by Andrew himself. It was by reading his book that helped me out of my depression this time; I’m not even kidding. It’s a lighter read than Nick Vujicic’s Life Without Limits; not saying Nick’s isn’t any good, but LWL and HLW carries almost the same message, though Andrew’s is a wee bit more humorous and filled with entertaining cartoons drawn by Andrew himself.
5. I am finally able to do splits! =D No picture for this one because I haven’t got around to taking a picture of it yet. But yeah, after years of not being able to do splits for the longest time, I FINALLY DID IT! And it was all because we had to do splits for our CanCan number for this year’s concert. The amazing thing is that I did it on my right leg, my ‘weaker’ leg. Even more amazing was that I didn’t practice every day or warm up every day at all. Probably just a few times a week. YAY!