There are a few people out there who have all of the money and time in the world. They can travel when they want, eat out when they want, go to places and really are able to live their lives to the fullest. I say, well good for them. I’m not annoyed that they are blessed to be able to live such a lifestyle, but what annoys me is when people who are able to live their lives to the fullest go and tell others to do the same.
Not everyone, and in fact most people are NOT in the kind of position where they can live their lives to the fullest. Most people don’t have that kind of money, or even the time to make that kind of money. Most people are tied down to family and other responsibilities. Most people are lucky if they can take one vacation a year. Most people cannot realistically live their lives to the fullest. And what also annoys me is that these people make you feel shameful if you aren’t able to live the lives they can. They think you are just making excuses to “not leave your comfort zone”, when in fact you are tied down by family, life and other responsibilities. Maybe they are also tied down due to illness, whether it is physical or mental.
This kind of thinking can depress many people who are doing their best to just get by and live their lives day by day. My advice is just do your best, be grateful for the good things in your life, and sometimes getting out of bed on days when you don’t want to is a big accomplishment. Therefore, at times you are living your life to the fullest even if it doesn’t appear that way to those who chastise you for settling a “mediocre life”!
However, if there is a small doable goal you know you can go after, by all means go for it. Just don’t try to measure up to anything that is out of your realm of reality. That will only depress you and disappoint you more.
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I myself was depressed few years back, though the reason wasn’t this. There were several other reasons. But i do agree with you, we all have that urge to live our life to the fullest. Some succeed and some don’t. We shouldn’t be disheartened but try to enjoy what we have. Thanks for sharing the post.
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I had to respond to this. I’ve recovered completely from thirty years of depression. A medication crisis three years ago was the catalyst towards this recovery and I’ve never felt this good. I’m an artist, writer, traveller and renaissance soul – a person with many disparate interests and hobbies, much of which I haven’t been able to do because of my illness, my husband’s job, and raising two children. Then of course we were helping care for our parents.
My medication crisis, which left me suicidal, also, through our lovely neighbours, led us to a brilliant mental health team who put me on a medication combination and cognitive behavioural therapy. Three years later I became better than I’ve ever been before! Two years ago both my parents died within days of one another, and we received inheritance. Also my husband, by then, had retired due to his own health problems. His father died many years ago and his mother is in the care of a nursing home.
So – one of our greatest desires has been to live life to the full, and we’re now working on this. Throughout my depression I could never have contemplated any of what we’re doing now, but now, in our sixties, we have the time, the money and enough health to accomplish some of the many things we want to do.
I know exactly where you’re coming from because I used to feel like that, but hold on in there, and your time might come. That is, if that’s what you desire. I know I used to think that I’d be okay living an ordinary, mundane life if it kept my depression at bay, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! I can’t live like that!
So, I wish you the best of luck, Miriam, and keep up with the blog, because blogs such as yours are an enormous help to people with mental health issues.
Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your story 🙂 Glad you are well!