Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Glitter And Be Gay

We woke up to a downpour during the wee hours of Monday morning. I found it magnificent. San Geraldo found it foreboding.

Later Monday morning, the sky and sea displayed what I thought were brilliant and dramatic colour and contrast. San Geraldo thought it was "evil and threatening."

And so the day went. We managed to get ourselves to the gym in the afternoon for an uplifting, pun intended, workout. (San Geraldo will probably ask, "What pun?")

Tuesday was an uneventful day. My depression comes and goes. But it's mild and manageable. Moments of miserable thoughts that soon pass. Much longer moments of gratitude for a good life and kind, empathetic people like San Geraldo and all of you.

I hope you don't mind if in the coming days I share stories of my experience of clinical depression. Although I still obviously have challenges at times, treatment absolutely transformed my life. Maybe it can help you or someone you know either to understand it better or to get through it.

Meanwhile, here are some photos of the terrace view of Monday morning's magnificent, brilliant, dramatic, foreboding, evil, and threatening Mediterranean Sea and sky.

(Click any image and decide which descriptors you would use.)





A FEW HOURS LATER AS WE HEADED OUT FOR COFFEE.
I SAID, "WOW!" SAN GERALD SAID, "DREARY."


"Enough, enough of being basely tearful!
I'll show my noble stuff by being gay and cheerful!"

39 comments:

  1. I like a good storm .... from a distance.

    And I think you sharing your stories about depression might just help somebody and that's always a good thing!

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    1. Bob:
      I love stormy weather. But then I haven't lived anywhere in a very long time that is known for long periods of bad weather. I DO start complaining if it lasts more than a couple of days.

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  2. Mitchel IU believe your story can help others people

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  3. Mitchell, my younger daughter asked my older daughter one day about taking her meds for depression, usually somewhat mild. She was concerned about it becoming addictive and a little ashamed of having to take them. My older daughter (nurse practitioner) told her to just take the meds. The dosage is mild enough to not become a problem, and there is no shame in taking depression meds. These make a huge difference in her demeanor and she is much happier with the meds. No more discussion. God bless!

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    1. Linda:
      So glad your younger daughter has a sister to turn to who is also a professional. It took me years to accept that there's no shame in meds. Hugs to you and both your daughters!

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  4. I always enjoy looking at the sky, even on dreary days.

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    1. Stephen:
      I'm learning to leave the camera on the night table in the morning and just enjoy the sunrises. Fall and winter bring beautiful ones here.

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  5. *•.¸♡¸.•*♥*•.¸¸.•*♡*•♥ ¸.•*♥*•.¸.•*♡*•.¸.•*♥* ★MaRiBeL★
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  6. What treatment have you had for your depression?

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    1. John:
      Over the years, a combination of talk-therapy and medication (currently two different meds). When the brain chemistry is working as a result of the meds, no talk-therapy is needed. I hope to tell more about my experiences today.

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  7. interesting photos - they capture all the thoughts rolled up into one blog post!

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  8. If it helps you to write about your experience, I am sure it will help others in similar situations.

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    1. Andrew:
      Thanks so much. I hope to be a little entertaining at the same time.

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  9. Wow, that Kristin Chenoweth! What a voice!
    Those are incredible views that you and San Geraldo shared! How interesting that you saw them differently from each other.
    As always, I will look forward to reading more about your life -- enlightening all of us can't be a bad thing!

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    1. Judy:
      I adore Kristin Chenoweth. Yes, isn't it fascinating how two people can have entirely different views from the same terrace?!?

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  10. .......by being gay and cheerful!! The first one is a SNAP, right?! The second one we are all working on.
    Those photos are beautiful! And to think all you have to do is look through your terrace windows. I too love a good stormy sky and all that goes with it. Tells us who is boss!

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    1. Jim:
      I have to admit, I had to go out on the terrace to get those shots. THROUGH the terraces windows would require me to wash them!

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  11. I'm with you the pictures are spectacular ~ the light and dark ~~ my kind of "hurry get the camera, moment" ~ go for it and spill the beans and lighten your load!!!!!!!

    R

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    1. Ron:
      Oh, telling stories about my experience of depression is going to be interesting. Where to begin?!?

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  12. I will like to know more about your experiences. :) And I agree with you - not dreary, wow!

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    1. Snoskred:
      I keep forgetting to mention, every time I type you name, auto-correct wants to change it to Snookered! Anyway, every morning brings more incredible views.

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  13. Beautiful photos of the storm and the next to last shot is amazing.

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    1. Wilma:
      Thanks so much. I was especially pleased with that one.

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  14. Love Patti, and Kristin...and storms! The rain we've had in Indiana for the last few days hasn't been as beautiful. Or, maybe it has been, and I just don't have as spectacular a view. My rainy day was spent in a coffee shop reading a book. Dreary? Maybe. Bliss? Yes!

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    1. Michelle:
      It's not dreary if it's blissful, is it?

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    1. Jacqueline:
      Oh, you know I love you, right?

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  16. Beautiful photos! Gorgeous sky! And I see you still have those palm tree decals on your windows... ;)

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      And you see how I added more than one decal now? That was just for you!

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  17. Let it out, Mitch. ALL of it!

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    1. Ray:
      I've started to putting it in writing. Now I have to figure out how to keep it from turning into a novel!

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  18. I look forward to your stories about depression, Mitchell. Some of us who are the most heartwarming and sassy face that ongoing battle. You never know, too, who you're going to reach by talking/writing about it. You're a good one.

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  19. I'll be interested in hearing how it hits you and how you manage to keep up your blog in spite of it. I'm not sure if it's depression or what that strikes when I try to write, but I start blogging and before long I feel it's stupid and boring. Then I get a sick feeling as all my confidence drains away so I wimp out. It takes courage to write a blog especially when you're not feeling up to it.

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    1. Ms Sparrow:
      When I crash, I do feel like my blog is of no interest to anyone. Sometimes I pull back on my posts but, so far, somehow, I've been able to keep it going. It's certainly cathartic. I try to remind myself that I started this blog simply as a way to record the winding course my life had always taken as we prepared to make another swerve in direction ... to Spain. Meeting people like you was a huge surprise to me and a tremendous bonus. So, on my good days, I remember that I write this for me and am simply lucky to have you and others to share it with. In the case of my stories about living with clinical depression, I suppose I AM hoping for a larger audience and that I can make a difference. Just so you know, I LOVE reading your blog and hope you get beyond feeling stupid and boring, and simply entertain yourself (and anyone else lucky enough to come along).

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  20. I am a 'storm queen' that bad weather makes my euphoric. Thunder is my favorite.
    sometimes I put 'storm' recordings on in this relentless sunshine state; it invariably sees me up.

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