As some of you may already know, I have anxiety and depressive disorders. They make for some interesting days. And by that I mean they can totally suck. There were times when I felt nearly paralyzed by them--I couldn't work on my book, do research for it, or even do simple things around the house. I was fortunate that it didn't affect my day job work. Fortunate isn't the word ... I streamlined all my focus into my work days. It worked when I needed it most, but when I wanted to be creative on my own time, it would just be too much. Then there were the sleep issues, which add to the fun. Why am I sharing this with you? Because if you have ever felt alone while dealing with a mental health disorder, I'm here to tell you that you really aren't alone. You have many brothers and and sisters in the same boat. So let's all start rowing together.
Life doesn't end when anxiety and depression take over; it changes temporarily, but it doesn't end. Temporary is the important word here. Remember, "this, too, shall pass." Think and believe that rather than "None shall pass!" (that's for you Lord of the Rings fans).
For weeks I've been telling myself I need to get working on things. "You need to write! You need to keep researching! You need to organize yourself! You need to focus on work! You need to be a good mom! You need to be a better partner for Bill! You need to work on the house! You need to pay bills! You need to go volunteer! You need to _________!" Sound familiar to anyone else? Except you may not necessarily be married to a guy named Bill.
So I decided to focus on the most timely thing that means the most of me right now--volunteering for the election. Women's rights are of the utmost importance to me and to the future of America, and I have been waiting for a woman president my whole life. I am a proud Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter and have been for years. I'm not here to talk politics or persuade anyone to have the same views as me; I'm just sharing why this election is so important to me. My daughter and I have been volunteering for the past few months. So that's what I decided my main importance is for this time period.
That and the Cubs winning the World Series!
I'm the author of a number of cemetery books and am now writing one about the graves of silent film stars, starting with the ladies. Who would you like to see included?
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