Yesterday something popped up on my blog–not my blog, actually, but more a message from WordPress. It was, “Congratulations! You registered with us five years ago today.”
I had to think about that, because I was damned if I could remember just when I’d signed up and established my presence here. I remember when I started blogging–those first, abortive attempts in April of 2011 that I didn’t take very seriously, like damn near everything else in my life back that. But I hadn’t remembered when I signed up for this space, I had to think . . .
Yeah, that would be right before Christmas 2008, not long after being laid off from a job I’d held for thirteen years. A job that had been going downhill fast at the point, but because the economy was free falling faster than Gypsy Danger from fifty thousand feet, there weren’t a lot of options when it came to better employment. So when the end came I took my severance with a smile and more or less told them I was happy to be leaving their shit stain of a job behind.
Sure, I wouldn’t work again for a little over three years, but you have to take the bad with the good.
Why did I sign up? I don’t remember the exact reasons. I believed, most likely, that I had something to say, and that I was going to try this fangled thing the kids called “blogging”, ’cause I can write and people are gonna want to hear what I have to say. Yeah, December 2008. I had me a blogging area. I wouldn’t start writing until about . . . let me see . . . yeah, about two and a half years later.
That was probably a good thing, because everything coming out of my mouth back then was filled with remorse. I was still in therapy, and would remain so through 2009–that was when my insurance ran out and I couldn’t afford to not only see my counselor any more, but I couldn’t afford the medication I was taking. I will tell you right now, in case anyone is wondering: mental health coverage is a wonderful thing. Sometimes the only thing preventing you from jumping off a building is a twenty dollar co-pay on your meds, and if you have that in your life, you should consider yourself lucky.
Why all the gloomy talk? For one, I had another strange dream–yeah, that’s been happening for some reasons. I can’t quite put my finger on what happened, but think of it as Glee with time travel. Like I said, strange. I have no idea what it meant, but it was there. The one thing I do remember is that I was told, quite a lot actually, that I needed to get better. And I spent a large part of the dream alone.
I’ve also thought, for a few weeks now, that my depression has come back. I’d distracted a lot these days. I look for things to break up the monotony, and it’s not always there. When I’m writing, at times it feels like I yank the words out onto the page, that I have trouble typing them, like I don’t want to see them, even though I do.
When I’m not at work I spend all my time alone. It’s one of the reasons I try to eat out on the weekends, because I do get a bit of peace from being out among the people–even if the majority of them look like scary-ass crackers, like the people I saw yesterday. You pay your money and you take the ride, right?
Five years registered, half of that writing.
Where am I going to be in five years?
Maybe a time traveling Glee knows.