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When I look back at my life, I guess I have been feeling lonely and depressed for much of it.

These days it's all about the following. As a result of a health prob. I cannot drive and this leads to social isolation. Secondly, I don't have a family to give that buffer against the world.

I find this very challenging and feel like a reject especially around Christmas.

 

 

felicita felicita 66-70, F 5 Responses Jan 16, 2009

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Dorobo you are right. EP does help to relieve loneliness. Are there others like it? I like your point about stepping outside the 4 walls. It's a great experience.

1cafewood thanks again for your kindness and empathy.

I am now your friend,kindness returns kindness..your special..

As they say, retirement is more spouse and less income. If you add to that no spouse it can be isolating. EP and others like it give one a chance to step outside of the 4 walls. I think in that respect alone it's great.

I have family and friends around,but we do not always believe in the same things. Christmas has always been my favorate time of the year, but I was always around my family. My next Christmas will be alone,and I am trying to prepare myself for it. I like to read that keeps my mind going, and I also am starting to realize that I been married to this man for 25yrs, and I never did realize how depressed and lonely I was, should of put the pieces together when I sit back and think dam- you been on antidepressants your whole entire married like.

now that is crazy, and such a blinds fool. Hey though I love talking about it because this is what is giving me my stength now.

Christmas can be a difficult time. I am fortunate enough to have a few family members nearby. Even so, they're busy a lot of the time, so there are times when I do feel alone.

Having been out of work for a long time, I occasionally do volunteer work, partly to have something to put on my resume, but also because without it, I struggle to find things to keep my mind stimulated. Lack of mental stimulation, seems to erode my ability to think clearly.