The year 2014 will be drawing to a close in a few short days. I always enjoyed the rebirth of New Year’s as a holiday as much as I enjoyed the joys of Christmas and the pride of July 4th. It is, for me, a time of reflection on the year that was and looking ahead to the year that will be. It is all appropriate to reflect on the past year.
In 2014, I managed to lose almost 60 pounds and get some other issues in my life in order. Yes, the weight loss has slowed since late October. But many people gain weight during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons. I’m fortunate that I was able to hold weight wise and mentally even during these stressful and unorganized times.
I had a real good Christmas season. I didn’t experience as much stress, anxiety, and irritation between Thanksgiving and Christmas as in past years. Yes I did have one bad episode but that was resolved within one day. But I got to see an old friend I hadn’t seen in over 15 years, I got some cool stuff for Christmas, and was able to spend several days with friends and family. How can I ask for more? It was an ideal holiday season for someone with a mental illness. We can all use less anxiety and stress in our lives. We who deal with mental illness are no exception.
I’m glad I lost those 60 pounds in 2014. My goal, one of them anyway, is to lose another 60 pounds at minimum. I still have a long way to go before I am at the weight I was in high school. For far too long I accepted the nonsense that gaining weight while taking anti psychotic drugs was inevitable. Yes, that can be one of the more prominent side effects of being treated for mental illness problems. At the same time, many of the newer anti psychotic drugs don’t promote weight gain as much as many of the older generation of medications. Yes, they are expensive. Without being on Medicaid and Medicare, my anti psych drugs would cost $1,300 per month. Just because I’m on government assistance doesn’t mean I’m not aware of what these meds would cost. While I curse the fact I can’t support myself through my own labor (at least not yet), I am still grateful that such programs as well as private services exist to aid those of us who are, as of this writing in late 2014, still struggling to support ourselves.
We as people have made strides in 2014. We landed a space probe on a comet among other numerous achievements. Who knows what the next few decades, let alone the next few years, will bring us as far as achievements and breakthroughs that will make living easier and more productive. For myself, I never imagined in mid 2012 when I registered a blog through wordpress.com, I would be doing this blog semi regular. As of today, I’ve had 4,200 plus visits to my blog from at least 60 different nations on every inhabited continent in the world. Yes, there are blogs that have that many visits on even bad days. But, thewritngoflife.wordpress.com has evidently struck some people as something worth reading and leaving positive comments on. Fortunately I haven’t had problems with internet trolls yet. I’m sure I’ll get a few before long. But a wise blogger doesn’t feed trolls or anyone else looking to irritate others and start problems. While it is irritating for me to see people act dumb and look for arguments, even with a mental illness I am aware that such people do not deserve to have their comments responded to.
I have enjoyed 2014. I got more healthy, lost quite a bit of weight, saw a few old friend I hadn’t seen in years, visited the Black Hills of South Dakota, found out I’m going to be a groomsman in a college friends wedding in summer of 2015, got to visit my out of state niece and three nephews a few times, stayed out of a mental health hospital (I can’t claim that for 2013), and got to see this little ol’ blog of mine reach some people. How can I call a year like this a waste? I can’t. Yes I said good bye to an old friend, found out a second friend of mine in my apartment complex died on Christmas day itself, and saw my parents experience some of the ravages of old age. Fortunately I had only two major psych breakdowns (I’m usually due for one in either August or September every year because I have a seasonal aspect to my schizophrenia). As far as living years with a mental illness goes, this year may actually go down as one of my best yet.
As far as goals for 2015, I desire to lose at least another 60 pounds. While I did fail at one of my goals for 2014 in that I didn’t find a part time job, I feel the year was a success overall.