Give a Shit and Don’t Quit

Analysis

I can’t begin to tell you how many times that I wish I could just roll over and die from all the crap that I have had to deal with in the last few years. It feels like the pile just keeps growing and I have to keep trying to figure out the how and where it keeps coming from. I am tired of it all but what should I do? I had to learn to give a shit and don’t quit my own life.

Why is my reason to still be here? Why is my real purpose to keep dealing with the chronic crap and stay around? I had to figure it out and I did but it was not easy. I had to take a hard look at my life to find the answer to “why I should still be here”?

Others

Life is not just about the person that I am, it is about OTHERS. Them! The ones that I love and cherish and hold dear to my heart. My family and friends that are there for me even when I can’t see them. The ones that stick around for the good and the bad times. My husband, kids and grandkids all count in the list of OTHERS.

There is not a single person on this planet that is born knows what is going to happen to them as they mature and become adults. NOT A SINGLE ONE! Let the shit fall where it may, and someone is going to have to clean up the mess. It might really stink but someone will have to clean it up. How is your mess?

Gaining Control

Mine? Well, it stinks but I know where it is coming from and I am learning how to deal with it. It really stinks but as an adult, I think I can do it as it keeps falling on me like a shit shower. It is time to deal with everything and face the music. I will have to create the words to a shit song.

Anyway, if you think life is hard for you right now because you are not dealing with “your shit” then wait until the pile is so deep that it starts to feel like a shit sand and you keep sinking deeper and deeper. There is no way that a shit sand pit will ever smell like roses.

The Shit Pit

If you are in the middle of a  shit pit, ask for help from someone that is nearby and ask them for a roll of thick toilet paper so that you can start cleaning yourself up. You will need to tackle the smallest pile first and keep chipping away at it until there is some progress.

Never try to sweep the shit under the rug because that will start to stink too. If it is real, don’t quit! This is your life and you are the only one that can really make the change to stop the shit storm. So now is the time to grab a super re-enforced shit umbrella and walk into the shit storm and get control of your life.

The real Shit Pit of Life that becomes out of control leads to depression, anxiety and loss of interest in everyday life. A person could easily turn to a world filled with false hopes or basically, lack of reality. It turns into an escape to not deal with the real world- alcohol, drugs, self-abuse – it is an endless list of self-destruction. Don’t go there! Quit stepping in your own shit and change your shoes and your mindset. You can do this!

Help

Don’t be afraid! Be strong and ask for help or guidance from someone that may be able to answer a few questions about shit storms. Do this for yourself and those you love so that your life is better. It is all up to you to make the difference.

Who is Dinky Smith?

Dinky Smith hit rock bottom in the last few years. This is my story about my journey to recover from grief and depression. You learn to fall and then get back up or quit. You will see a lot of “I’s” in this post because I need to share this with my world. Hopefully, it is not too redundant.

Loss

I had both choices after I lost my daughter to a drunk driver on May 14, 2011. I fell and then kept trying to find a balance to keep going but it was really for me. My heart and soul became damaged and I became lost. I fell into a hole that was deeper than any I had ever experienced. I fell into the hole of severe grief and depression.

I lost friends, family, my job, a business, other income-producing opportunities and much more.  I made some new friends along the way, I am glad they are here.

My family life and marriage was in peril as well as my mental well-being. More than anything, else in the world I lost a child. It was a requirement that I learn how to live in this world without her. She was only 31 years old with a child that had now become an orphan on that day.

May 14, 2011, was my last best birthday. Everything in my life changed that day. I will never be the same. Life is never supposed to stay the same after a loss.

Damage Control

There was a need to seek counseling but I did not do that. I barely had enough courage to drive, so how could I talk to someone. I relinquished myself to near total isolation. I tried to work but I soon began to recognize my ineffectiveness. I had to quit.

Counseling was the right way to go but I wanted to heal myself. It took too long and I never really understood what I was doing most of the time. The doctors prescribed medications to me, it helped and then it didn’t help. My head got screwy and some days are just a blur. What a mess!

During my coming out phase, I tried several things only to realize that they would result in failures too. My life was in shambles. I felt like a complete failure at everything except failure. I guess I was good at something bad.

I needed to fight my demons. My home became a war zone and I was ready to fight anyone at any time. The Monster Within me was winning. The Depression was my best friend. I became the enemy in our home.

Finally, I needed to face the world alone and went away. I thought being alone would fix everything, wrong! My husband allowed me to leave without a fight because he knew he would be there for me, no matter what. He was there and watched everything that I did from many miles away.

Results

Starting over in a new world is very different. I came back home with a hard heart filled with shame and regret. I had made so many bad choices along the way, how could I hold my head up after all of this? Love! Amazing Grace saved me.

I sang that song over and over on my trip back home. I resurrected every damning wrong I had done over the past few years. Over and over like a D rated movie that never ended. I did not want to face the music of my wrongs but I had to make repairs for myself and my loved ones.  My husband loves me and so does my family. I could not see it because I was lost.

I have entered the last and final phase of repairs in motion. I have made amends for the most part. I am trying my hand at real estate again. I have to start over with marketing and gaining new clients.

I have started a new venture in Life Coaching. With my personal journeys, I feel this is a great opportunity to help, teach and learn with and for others as well as myself. So for my team of Me, Myself and I are back on our feet and doing very well.

By the way, I am sure that you have seen all my blank posts about Coaching, well, my website was in production. If you are interested in seeing my website visit www.dinkysmith.com and have fun. It is still a work in progress, leave comments if you would like to learn more.

Hugs to the World

Dinky

Depression- The Monster Within

Depression is a Monster Within a person that could literally kill a person!

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The Monster Within Causes

According to the Mayo Clinic, Depression is "A mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life." This report should bring greater awareness to others about the Monster Within called Depression.

There are many triggers that can initiate depression; death, birth, illness, empty nesting, finances, divorce, moving, job loss, abuse, prescription medication, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, mental illness, genetics, change of the seasons,  chronic pain or any type of tragic event that is not expected or even handled well.

Depression is a severe and complex threat to a person. It can occur to anyone at any age. It can partner up with any change in life.

Really! What is Depression?

It is a mental disorder or illness. Depression may first appear as a change in mood and actions. This is very common for people that have experienced life-altering challenges. The effects will appear in how they feel, think and handle their daily actions. Depression will dramatically affect your sleep, work, and eating habits.

Signs and Symptoms

If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few symptoms while others may experience many. Several persistent symptoms in addition to low mood are required for a diagnosis of major depression, but people with only a few – but distressing – symptoms may benefit from treatment of their “subsyndromal” depression. The severity and frequency of symptoms and how long they last will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness. Symptoms may also vary depending on the stage of the illness.

Types of Depression

Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they may develop under unique circumstances, such as:

  • Persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia) is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years. A person diagnosed with the persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for two years to be considered a persistent depressive disorder.
  • Postpartum depression is much more serious than the “baby blues” (relatively mild depressive and anxiety symptoms that typically clear within two weeks after delivery) that many women experience after giving birth. Women with postpartum depression experience full-blown major depression during pregnancy or after delivery (postpartum depression). The feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that accompany postpartum depression may make it difficult for these new mothers to complete daily care activities for themselves and/or for their babies.
  • Psychotic depression occurs when a person has severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as having disturbing false fixed beliefs (delusions) or hearing or seeing upsetting things that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations). The psychotic symptoms typically have a depressive “theme,” such as delusions of guilt, poverty, or illness.
  • Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. This depression generally lifts during spring and summer. Winter depression, typically accompanied by social withdrawal, increased sleep, and weight gain, predictably returns every year in seasonal affective disorder.
  • Bipolar disorder is different from depression, but it is included in this list is because of someone with bipolar disorder experiences episodes of extremely low moods that meet the criteria for major depression (called “bipolar depression”). But a person with bipolar disorder also experiences extreme high – euphoric or irritable – moods called “mania” or a less severe form called “hypomania.”

Examples of other types of depressive disorders newly added to the diagnostic classification of DSM-5 include disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (diagnosed in children and adolescents) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

What to do about Depression

If you or someone you know and love is dealing with Depression, get help! Without the proper care, you or your loved one could face severe danger in the future. Severe or clinical depression requires medical treatment with the use of medication, life changes or even hospitalization. Do not hesitate to care for yourself or the ones you love.

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Starting Over

Starting Over

Starting Over After Loss Starting over after the loss of a child is the most unpredictable experience in life especially. Loss of life, peace, comfort, mind, money, and wellness become the primary targets of loss. It has the power to effect any human on the planet. Most humans are not ready and will most likely experience grief and depression. Children take the loss harder than adults. The loss comes in many forms with death taking the highest toll on a person mental well-being. Major impacts come from job loss, empty nesting, move, divorce, foreclosure, and bankruptcy.  Bullying, harassment, rape, car accidents, assault, illness are just to name a few of the minor incidents that occur. and much more. Along with loss comes grief and depression. It happens whether it is wanted or not. Before The Loss Life was great. I was a normal wife, mother, and grandmother. Life was really good. I had my joys and gripes like everyone else. Our blended family of mine and his got along pretty good for the most part. I had the older two kids and he had the younger three kids. Our door on our home became a revolving door as needed. The "Do Drop Inn" was often the "Do Stay For Awhile". It was our way of taking care of our family. We both had jobs despite the fact that we were helping out the kids.  It is what you do as parents. Our family is everything to us every moment of the day. A parent can have issues with a child but you are still there for them., every moment of the day. You never stop being a parent. The Day of Loss May 14, 2011, was my birthday and everyone was there for it. I was thrilled and we had a great time. There was tons of food, fun and family time. After the cake fight in the face, we cleaned and everyone left to go home, unless they lived here, of course. Lilly lived in Denver and was heading back for a graduation the next day. She let her daughter stay for the rest of my birthday weekend. Lilly had about an hour drive before she was home and tucked in bed. That is not how it all happened in the end.  A drunk driver had a head-on collision with her that night about 11:30 PM. She did not make it home, she was not tucked in bed. We would never see her alive again. The phone call came at about 4:30 AM the next morning, Lilly Duncan was dead. From that point, life changed for the entire family especially her child. After The Loss The shock broke all of us. Her child took the hardest hit beside me. She was now an orphan as her dad passed away when she was eight years old. Dyrah became our little girl after her mom died. Life was hitting rock bottom for all of us. The adjustment to our loss was full of roller coaster days and nights. Nothing was happy anymore. We were all broken to the core. You have to learn to move on but the road of moving on is the toughest road to travel. You can't see what you are doing because your eyes are swollen from crying. Physical control becomes impaired by shattered nerves and mental fatigue. You have no control over anything in your life.

Depression is a Monster

There is not a single day that goes by that I do not face the Monster Within. Welcome to Depression. It has eaten me alive for the past seven years. It is in my brain, my heart and my soul. It has almost taken over my whole being. This depression is all from losing my child. I never dealt with anything like this in my life and it has certainly changed everything that I am.
My depression led me to isolation because I just wanted isolation. Nearly every friend that I have ever had been shut out. I just quit being social because I was in such grief. I tried to do my job as a real estate agent but it started suffering badly. I could not focus on doing it well and my real estate boss or broker would take note and recommend that I take a break until I could do the job. I could not see what he or even they could see. I only knew that I had to keep working but there was a real problem. Grief was my real job at this point.
It was all that I could do to hold a normal conversation and I really sucked at doing that because I would only weep to whoever was around me. It was very sad as I created a world of sadness for them. They did not invite me to be with them to make them sad. They unwillingly became victims of the sad person in front of them. They became very sad for me.
The general population is never ready for someone that filled with sadness. Each person wants to live a life that is as happy as possible without the pain of any kind. When someone like me comes along and inflicts my pain on another person, there is a sympathetic tolerance for that person. It can only last for a short period because it is too much for anyone to deal with unless they specialize to understand the issue at hand.
I faced the isolation after I saw the look on a friend’s face. It floored me because that is not what I wanted or needed from that person. That look on her face made me realize that I was weak. I have not been a weak person for a long time. The death of my daughter changed that within me. I am weaker than ever. I am so weak that I have allowed myself to be consumed with every weakness possible as a grieving parent.
Not only did I start isolating myself from everyone but I started really bad habits like staying in bed all day, passing judgment on others, placing blame on others, not taking care of myself and not eating. I have never really been one to drink much alcohol but I did try some and it did not make me feel any better. I hated everything and everyone except for Dyrah.  I feel that I may have done more harm than good for this child. That is another story.
My Depression Monster has stolen the real me. I do not know who I am or what I am to do. I am just here and trying to find the real me within the Depression Monster. It is hard to know what is behind the doors that the Monster has for me to choose from. It is very scary because I live in fear. I live in doubt. I live in a world without certainty. I am alone.