Reaching the Summit  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
10/8/2005 11:36 pm

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Reaching the Summit

I spent yesterday evening with an old friend. It held a pleasant surprise for me.

She's recently spent a couple of months on sick leave, having had something approaching a breakdown. She didn't diagnose herself as depressed; she went to the GP complaining that she was tired all the time and then everything came pouring out.

I won't bore you with the details of what had been causing her stress or what particular straws had finally broken the camel's back.

But to see her last night ... that was wonderful! I could see the difference within minutes. She said she felt more relaxed and that was obvious. Back was the mischievous humour, the warmth, the unrestrained joie de vivre. This was the woman I had once got to know.

What surprised her was, she said, that she'd got used to being uptight and stressed and serious. It came as a shock to me too: I realised that I had come to accept the stressed-out version as normal.

She said it was like having slogged on under clouds for years and suddenly breaking up through them to see the sun shining down.

It makes me wonder how many of us struggle on up the mountain, under the clouds, never even realising how much sunlight is obscured from us by our worries and stresses. And, oh, what joys might await us if we can break through and reach the summit ...


GB_Cple 66M/55F  
3042 posts
10/9/2005 6:09 am

I think Q that the last paragraph , applies to most of us , at one time or another in our lives.

sad how many ppl really do suffer from depression, most not really knowing it , and how few seek help.

rm_dizzyandfun 48F
752 posts
10/9/2005 6:38 am

Glad your friend is better!! I take continuously tired and stressed out as the norm ( maybe I should take more notice of the sneezing fits LO. Maybe, also, its time for a rethink. Do we have to keep strugglingup the mountain every day? The mountain will still be there tomorrow - perhaps the odd day of Time Out TLC wouldnt be a bad idea......or throw caution to the winds and have wild mind blowing sex with a complete stranger LOL.

helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
10/9/2005 11:41 pm

Q... you have a habit of writing things just when I need to read them. Thank you


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