On a more positive note...

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2015-02-22 05:45:22 -0600
Started 2015-02-20 18:17:29 -0600

Ok, since I vented today, I owe everyone a positive post. So here is the list of things I want to do post-op. Also things that I had planned before all this s—t hit the fan. 1) Volunteer at the animal shelter. 2) Start a crochet group and teach others how to crochet. 3) Take some classes and learn new skills. 4) Maybe volunteer with a literacy group and teach others how to read. 5) Get a part time job to take care of some of the bills that got out of hand when I got sick. 6) Go to my grandson's baseball games. 7) Celebrate my 85th birthday(ok, that one is a few yrs down the line, but why not?).

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lilleyheidi 2015-02-21 02:20:39 -0600 Report

I think you have a wonderful list and you should copy/paste it into Word and print it out and put it on your fridge or mirror so you see it regularly !!!! I want to take the crochet class. I can knit but not crochet, i'd love to learn. I do hospice volunteering and would love to do literacy volunteering someday. My long term goal is to work in a third world country helping diabetics get insulin, sort of a save a rose kinda thing. but that's long range.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-20 20:36:57 -0600 Report

They all sound wonderful..especially the teaching crochet…I all thumbs when it comes to that stuff but would love to learn…earlier today I posted that if I am asked to create anything not word based..like an essay, poem or short story…I just drool…and it is very true…but if you lived by me I would be the first one to sign up for crochet classes!!!

suecsdy 2015-02-20 20:42:44 -0600 Report

When I worked at Michael's we had a crochet club going and there were quite a few people coming. I really enjoyed it, but when I left, I had to give it up.

sweetslover 2015-02-20 20:36:37 -0600 Report

What a great list. I like all of these ideas. When I retired from teaching, after 39 years, I considered volunteering at a school. At that time I just felt so burned out that I didn't do anything about it. Now, after 4 years of retirement, I just might consider that volunteering option. Thanks for putting the idea back in my head.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-20 18:58:39 -0600 Report

Hi Sue,
You forgot one…adopt a puppy. Sounds great..you go girl…especially
Go back to school and volunteering in an animal shelter Helping others is one way to keep the funk away. Hugs, VL

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-20 18:21:04 -0600 Report

Your posts make me think about all the things I should be doing. Thinking of others instead of myself so much. Thanks for the heads reminder. :)

suecsdy 2015-02-20 20:45:30 -0600 Report

I need to not think about things so much too. That's what gets me into those horrible funky moods. Now I have this list I can come back to for a little positive encouragement. Plus flipping out like that screwed up my bs today.

RosalieM 2015-02-22 05:45:22 -0600 Report

Hi Sue,
Here is a trick to try. Think of one positive thing. Focus on it as much as you can. It will become a habit and it will block out other habits like excessive worry. It takes practice, but it works. Also avoid, thinking and talking about negative things as that reinforces them in your brain.
The goal is to reinforce the positive and eliminate the anxiety.