168. Rewriting Your Life

Once depression strikes, you’re never the same again. It is as if the script of your life is changed from one of being a “normal” person to one of being a person afflicted with depression, or a person who has recovered from depression. Although I am one who has come out on the other side of depression, the narrative of my life has been unalterably rewritten.

For one thing, I had five years of my life that deviated from the previous story of my life so dramatically that I can’t find an adjective to describe it. Exceedingly does not do the job, nor do immensely, tremendously, or remarkably. Or even hugely. Depression was like changing the script of my life from a family movie to a horror story. When you can’t even recognize yourself in a mirror, you know your life has somehow changed forever.

But there is a good part to all of this. I’m now a few years past the horror story, but the narrative of my life has not gone back to what it was before. The rest of my life has been rewritten to one of proper nutrition, feeding my soul with positive thoughts, taking time out to rest often, listening to Christian music on a daily basis, reading Scripture every day, and having a tight relationship with Jesus Christ that has blossomed in these last years. I now look back and see that the depression that I thought was the worst time of my life was really the best time of my life, for I now am on a journey toward the waiting arms of my Savior who will carry me over to the other shore by and by. It’s a story with a happy ending.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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One Response to 168. Rewriting Your Life

  1. Bill Day says:

    Nice blog, Pat. The movie genre I have come up with for my life is an action-packed adventure: riding on the back of the Lion, Aslan, holding tightly (for dear life) to His mane as He flies like the wind through the jungles of life. Bill

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