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Topic: What things keep you positive?

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  1. Indra
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    20 May 2015

    Hi, I am Indra and have recently joined here. I am suffering from depression and have what is described as ongoing grief. This is what they say to you when your child gets diagnosed with a moderate to severe lifelong disability and now the possibility that my youngest may have the same disability but on a mild level. I have also overcome an anxiety disorder which I had in my late teens - mainly due to the fact that I had nearly died from health reasons. 

    The things that keep me going at the moment are my two boys - who create some of my stress, but also give me many rewarding experiences and show me a lot of love. Music is a must and when I  find a quiet minute  (a rarity) I like to write.

    Feel free to share

    Indra

  2. Jacko777
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    21 May 2015 in reply to Indra

    Hi Indra,

    I love music too, listening and having a smash on the drums when I can. Learning to play an instrument is great for the mind and the soul.

    I like to stay aware of all the important aspects of my life, I try and make sure I have goals in each area so that I know I am track.

    Anything to do with Nature is an interest to me, I volunteer for several groups and I feel very rewarded for my time. I practice thankfulness for the positive parts of my life and the challenges. Love to you.

    Jack

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  3. Indra
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    21 May 2015 in reply to Jacko777

    Hi Jack,

    Thank you for sharing! I had a chuckle with the drums - my miniman (4 year old Jack - yep great name lol) already has a talent for the drums - mum is a bit reluctant in getting a proper kit via the noise factor! Being out in nature is good for clearing the mind and walking and hiking is a great form of exercise. I love the beach as well, that has always been a great stress relief for me. Enjoy the rest of your day ☺

    Indra

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  4. geoff
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    24 May 2015 in reply to Indra

    dear Indra, well this is a question that could change from time to time, or even day by day, but my little dogs and not only the one in my photo but the one I had for 18 years, she was my companion, and when anybody said are you coming to the whatever, they also included Tessie, because very few times would I ever leave her.

    Now I have the one in the photo, Moo-Moo who sticks by me as well, but also I am so pleased that I didn't end my life because I have 2 beautiful small grand daughters aged 3 and 1 who I dearly love to see, even though they live a couple of hours away.

    I used to like driving but now 2 hours seems to be a long drive, stupid I know, but as we get older lots change.

    Also my 2 sons are the world to me. Geoff.

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  5. Indra
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    24 May 2015 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff,

    I think pets are not only great companions, but do end up as part of your family. Unfortunately our yard is too small for dogs  (saying this my partner and boys want German Shepherds) and with my youngest son being animal crazy we ended up with a kitten in January. He is great - fits in with our dysfunctional family! I am glad you are still here for your granddaughters - it's a blessing for you both. As for driving - I am certainly used to being back in a regional area. It can be a good time to think and reflect. Thanks for sharing - it certainly helps me keep positive. Cheers Indra 

  6. the_motorcycle_boy
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    25 May 2015 in reply to Indra

    Hi Indra,

    I have depression too, and a liking for music but not for much of the current stuff I hear. I relish (my) old favourites, The Fall, Frank Black etc.

    I like movies a lot too and have a big collection of dvds and blu-rays. I also like to write and am learning to be a scriptwriter which marries my two passions and is very challenging.

    Sport is another favourite. Watching rugby league and cricket, bodysurfing (not so much these days) and chess are all very much enjoyed.

    TMB

  7. Indra
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    25 May 2015 in reply to the_motorcycle_boy

    Hi TMB,

    Thanks for sharing ☺ Totally agree with you, definitely not into current music. I get the quizzical eyebrow raised when I say I listen to mainly Rammstein and Black Label Society, can't judge a book by its cover! Movies are big in this household, especially when outings are sometimes limited. This includes watching a lot of SpongeBob lol That is so very interesting with the scriptwriting. It must involve different technique to standard literature. I have always written poetry and after meeting my favourite author  (Kate Forsyth) at Supernova last year, I have started, somewhat slowly, on a novel. It is a great release. Thanks again fir stopping by and hope you are doing ok.

    Cheers - Indra 

  8. Indra
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    30 May 2015 in reply to Indra
    Well not so positive I guess but I  did manage to get through today - that's a positive in its self. I think.........
  9. HA1
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    31 May 2015 in reply to Indra

    Focusing on the future ...

     

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