(don’t forget to scroll down past today’s poem for my blog entry)
Good Friends Through The Years
As each year passes good friends will come and some will go
As these times pass us by I want to write and let you know
You my friends and loved ones are the best part of me
If only I had more than just simple words to make you see
How much of my life I truly owe to all of you
And how you make my heart and soul feel new
Life was tough and bad luck had me down for quite a while
But now when I feel down I can think of my friends and smile
My friends and I don’t all have the same image of a perfect world
But into that same great void we will all one day be hurled
There are friends so close and true they are almost family
I have so many dear friends that mean so much to me
Some know me only through the words I write
But they are there for me in darkness and in light
It is heavenly to have good friends in the summertime
And having friends in deepest winter can be sublime
It’s more important that your friends are there through good or bad
There will be times when friends seem to be the only thing you have
As a teen friends and I loved to pile into a car
Race off and get some beer or find a bar
But the friends I have now like me with or without booze
It seemed that all my teenage friends could do was use
And then there is true love warm and precious that can grow
From someone who is already a friend of yours you know
A love like this can make your heart feel reborn and new
Nurture these friendships, they can change your world for you
Just take care to proceed with caution lest you end up alone
Let any love grow slowly, naturally all on its own
And one last thing you really need to know
Love can cause you so much pain when it goes
But care for your friends and keep trying for that perfect love
Love and friends are the road to heaven and a gift from God above
December 28, 2016
Hello Dear Readers! Well, a few more people have joined in the past few days. I have been having problems with my creativity lately and decided that I should try and focus on poetry which comes a little easier to me than short stories. Then yesterday morning I woke up and was still extremely groggy but had a great idea, to write about my true life experiences in Vancouver as a 19 year-old but add in elements of fiction. It worked out nicely, and with the help of a few friends I worked it into something that I felt a bit proud of. Anyone interested in seeing an advance copy feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to send you one.
As far as mental health goes for today, I think that if I can do a bit of work, especially creative work, along with my daily life and mental health maintenance routine, I will be happy. My daily mental health maintenance routine is something I knew about but learned a little more about in a class I took called “Wellness Recovery Action Plan” or Wrap. It is a really beneficial course, it teaches you to become more aware of your triggers and to plan out things you can do to de-stress yourself. I think I find it most useful in planning a day in which I just feel better mentally. This includes of course taking my proper medication, but then goes to stuff that applies to anyone. Clean clothes, brush teeth, make sure and eat three nutritious meals a day and get some exercise. The exercise part is a bit difficult, but in this past year I made an investment in the Apple Watch Sport and it monitors and reminds you of three categories of fitness: how much you stand (it recommends once an hour for 12 hours of each day) how much you exercise (it recommends 30 minutes a day) and how many calories you burn (this you can set). It takes into account your steps, your movements, your height and weight and is an excellent addition to a person’s daily routine. At $500 it isn’t that affordable, but I should note it does a lot more than remind you and help you plan your workouts. I can ask my watch anything, just like google (as long as my phone is within bluetooth distance) the other day I was at a loss to remember a writer and just asked my watch and it told me right away. You can also ask it just about anything you can ask Siri on your phone like math questions, addresses. It updates you on messages, lets you use it as a phone to call or receive calls. I simply love it. The other cool thing is that right on your watch face you get the date, the time, the temperature, your workouts and even the next sunset or sunrise time. It makes things so handy to have all of this right on your wrist, my only real complaint is that it has to be charged approximately every 24 hours.
To get back to the mental health maintenance plan though, after exercise, I find it important to spend some time each day interacting with people. If I don’t interact with anyone I take two giant steps back in feeling comfortable around others and I have to readjust myself when a social situation does come up. So I spend a lot of time on the phone and try to engage my roommate and other group home residents at supper and other times.
Another thing that has a lot to do with mental health maintenance is how clean your house, apartment or room is. Having a clean and organized room is huge. I recently picked up a book called the ancient art of tidying up or something close to that and soon after reading it I threw out a bunch of stuff that may have been worth something but I wasn’t using it. I also found a lot of garbage that wasn’t of any value at all and now I can walk around and do things in my room a lot more efficiently. I have a ways to go, but it has already started to make me feel better.
I have been trying something to make myself happier lately that a good friend has kind of been pushing me to do, I have tried to add in more leisure time to my life. Simple, fun things that I have always liked but not done because I felt it was more important to work until my fingers started to bleed on my keyboard. I have been buying comic books and even toys and video games just to keep that inner child of mine happy, and it seems to work well and has even made me more of a personable, social person, which only adds to the medicine wheel of happiness. I also know I would get a lot out of going to church, but I have had a hard time doing this. I did attend midnight mass on Christmas which was really special and a lot of fun, I love Christmas carols!
Well, dear readers, I leave you at that. As always I appreciate any feedback, comments. Don’t forget to have a peek at my books page, I have written nine books now and would love if someone who follows my blog could read one or more of them (available at amazon in print and eBook) and review or comment on them. Anyone curious should have a quick look at the amazon page for my first book, “Through The Withering Storm”, it recently got an incredibly good review by a well known psychologist with a Master’s Degree. Happy New Year to all of you and let’s hope 2016 is a better and more peaceful year for everyone in the world, perhaps especially right now for Syrian refugees.