Surround yourself with beauty.
Surround yourself with people who make you happy.
With people who build you up.
Surround yourself with positivity.
And you will become; Beautiful, happy, uplifting, positive.
But, those of us surrounded by the constant mayhem that comes with having children?
The ones who already live with the threat of depression ever on their minds?
When the simple act of going to the bathroom alone leaves room for the unmitigated destruction of the rest of the house?
When the people we care for do nothing but whine, bicker, and fight?
What do we become?
We embody that which surrounds us.
Like the poor who can’t make a long term financial plan, because an extra $10 saved won’t matter in the face of three overdue bills, we, the depressed, struggle to see the point in doing just one thing for ourselves.
Why should we? We’ll only return to the same old environment. Hear the same complaints. Clean up the same messes. Fight the same fights.
That 30 minute run is our $10 bill. The toys thrown everywhere, the lack of well-fitting clothing, and the meal that will take too much energy to prepare are our delinquent power, utility, and phone bills.
Once those bills come in, that $10 won’t matter. Because we’ll still be so overdrawn, so in debt, that the $10 becomes a drop in the ever growing bucket. We can try to squeeze out every drop we can, but the bucket grows into a tub, the tub becomes a pool, the pool turns into a lake, and the lake suddenly morphs into an ocean.