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tiredoftrying
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   Posted 8/20/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)
I read posts on here, as long as I can, there is so much pain, so many people feeling buried and confused and hurt. I sure can remember my depression being that bad, and am so grateful.
Anyway, as someone who used to (and still does) long to hide away and have little contact with others, this is a nice little story.
I am back in school, am 53, and kind of had to go back to school as I pissed away options and money, couldn't find a job, etc.

The happy part. Today, before class, I was sitting on a bench, reading in front of the library. (I get to school early because I take a bus), and this woman came over to me, to thank me for telling her a few months back about substitute teaching. I don't teach, but learned about what was required, and plan to, maybe next semester. She took the time out of her day to thank me for telling her about subbing, that she needed a job, and after I told her about it (we were on a bus together) she looked into it, and got all the right paperwork in, and is now on the list for the school system to call to come in and sub.

Kind of nice feeling, very nice of her. So, if I hadn't made the "mistakes", if I hadn't moved to come here to school, if my car hadn't blown up on me months ago (engine seized up), if I had taken a different bus that day, if I hadn't been sitting in front of the library, much earlier than I needed to be because I had to meet with an instructor, etc etc etc, then this very small, but nice thing would never have occurred.

I do go on......
We don't always know the positive effect we have on others, but if we try, we can't help to be something a little positive for others.

putontheplay
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   Posted 8/20/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Wonderful story! I love the joy that comes from the little things in life. I feel as if people that have been depressed appreciate those things much more than the average person.

tiredoftrying
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   Posted 8/20/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I know I try to find the good (try but not always successful), almost like a kind of armor against the "dark" that can take over.
Thanks!

putontheplay
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   Posted 8/20/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
That is so great!! I, too, am recently back in school. I dropped out of 8th grade for being severely bullied and it has been 7 years since I set foot inside a school. I cried my eyes out in the parking lot of the college and I was so proud of myself for just walking inside that school and I don't think anyone understands why. It still makes me smile when I realize how much courage I had to open that classroom door :)

tiredoftrying
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   Posted 8/20/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
GOOD FOR YOU putontheplay. I can't tell you how many times I almost talked myself out of going back. They say courage is not about not being afraid, it's being afraid and doing it anyway. For me the education is important, but more important is this feeling of going ahead when doubting I could, feeling successful again at something.
opening those classroom doors is so symbolic of bigger steps somehow, I think, if you are not in the "traditional age bracket" of others attending.

Once on campus, seeing young people who truly have bigger obstacles than I (wheelchairs, other physically challenging "differences") also reminds me to be so thankful for being there and for having what I do.
Glad to hear you are back in school!

getting by
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   Posted 8/21/2010 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I am really proud of you. And I loved your story about the lady who does the subbing. That is so cool. Isn't it interesting how a chain of events can lead us to the right place at the right time? You never know what is around the next corner in this life. It is good to have hope.

Sendind good vibes your way.

Hugs, Karen
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putontheplay
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   Posted 8/21/2010 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
tiredoftrying said...
GOOD FOR YOU putontheplay. I can't tell you how many times I almost talked myself out of going back. They say courage is not about not being afraid, it's being afraid and doing it anyway. For me the education is important, but more important is this feeling of going ahead when doubting I could, feeling successful again at something.
opening those classroom doors is so symbolic of bigger steps somehow, I think, if you are not in the "traditional age bracket" of others attending.

Once on campus, seeing young people who truly have bigger obstacles than I (wheelchairs, other physically challenging "differences") also reminds me to be so thankful for being there and for having what I do.
Glad to hear you are back in school!


Thank you so much for all of your kind words. It makes me so much more happy about going when others support me and say such nice things to me! I am so glad that I joined this forum, it has already made a difference in my recovery.

I really love the saying "courage is not about not being afraid, it's about being afraid and doing it anyway." That is so true!

And congrats to you for being back in school also, what are you studying?
--Brittany

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tiredoftrying
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   Posted 8/21/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I am working on a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree, a program for returning adults who have accumulated credit hours. A person chooses there own field of study, and I am concentrating on business/HR and am able to take classes in different disciplines, so am taking a PSYCH, a marketing, a managing, and a communications, plus an English requirement, I am really excited.
What are you working on?
B

putontheplay
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   Posted 8/21/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
tiredoftrying said...
Hi,
I am working on a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree, a program for returning adults who have accumulated credit hours. A person chooses there own field of study, and I am concentrating on business/HR and am able to take classes in different disciplines, so am taking a PSYCH, a marketing, a managing, and a communications, plus an English requirement, I am really excited.
What are you working on?
B


That is great! So glad to hear that you are excited about it, too! I haven't registered for classes yet, but I am continuing an advanced nursing degree.
--Brittany

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