I have been depression-free for more than six months. I had to go back and read a handful of journal entries to know when I fully came out of my last funk. The best I could tell, that was the first week of December. That means, more than six months has gone by without me having to endure depression.
That's HUGE for me!
And it's not like the six months have been easy.
- I made it through winter, which is particularly dreary and hard for many to deal with, let alone someone with depressive tendencies.
- I was working on a contract with a drop-dead date. We were losing employees regularly to lay-offs or because they simply found other employment. The pallor at the office was sometimes depressing... and I don't use that word lightly.
- I left that job and took another job, filled out paperwork for a security clearance (which I hate doing), and struggled getting my medical insurance turned on again. New employer, new environment, new tasks, new boss. New everything!
- And probably the worst of all, I lost my dad.
I've had a few weepy days in there, but for the most part, I've been tear-free.
Today, I feel great! I can't imagine feeling any better emotionally. Who knew these days could last for six months? I'm feeling so blessed.
In reading my journal entries from before this happy six months, I came across the following:
Robin, my counselor would keep reminding me that this is just temporary. This is just temporary. I've been here before and have gotten out of this before. This is just temporary. I can survive this. Just a little bit longer. I need something else to focus my mind on. Then before I know it, this will be past. This will all be in the past. And I can live in that happy place again. Even if for just a little while. A little while of good is still worth it. This is just temporary and God still loves me and apparently needs me to get through this. I can do this. Just for a little while. This is just temporary.
I remember typing that. I remember forcing myself to regurgitate each and every word. This is just temporary and I can do this. I remember repeating Robin's words in my head. And he was right. It was just temporary. And now I'm in a happier place. And that place has lasted more than six months. I have been blessed with six months of no depression. What did I do to deserve this?
The fact is, I probably DON'T deserve to be this healthy. But I'm going to try my best to be grateful for it every day. Thank You, Jesus!