So, I figured it would be best if I brought everyone up to speed since the last time I really wrote consistently on my blog, which, as far as I can tell would have been late 2013.
A lot has changed in the years since that. I went back to school and completed a diploma in Child & Youth Care with Addictions Support, which was an amazing experience for me. A lot of the course work helped me with my own issues. I was lucky enough to get hired immediately with an amazing organization and worked there for an amazing 10 months. During the last month or two of my employment, the scope of my job changed. I’m reminded of the phrase “I should have started walking before I ran”, that’s exactly what happened to me. The result was, I burned out and left a job I dearly loved. I spent the next 9 months [figuratively and to an extent, physically] in my bed.
In late 2014, I jumped on stage and preformed Stand-Up Comedy for the first time. It’s become a therapeutic rollercoaster ever since that day, but I dearly love it. (You may have noticed my Twitter handle is @StandUpMichael)
After I left my job in Child & Youth Care in January of 2016, I became very introverted, and very depressed. For 9 months, I did very little, including my new passion for stand-up comedy. Then, just as I was running out of money & really scraping bottom the stars aligned and I got a call from a previous employer, asking if I would be interested in some temporary work. I took it as a sign, and said yes. What was supposed to be 2 months of work, has turned into a permanent job and thus began my rise out of the depression.
Slowly, I’ve been checking things off my “mental health list”. First of all, in early 2016 I had been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and required a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. These were not cheap, and since I was not working, I simply could not afford to have one. Next I was having some dental issues that plagued me through most of 2016. My depression was still trying to kick me back down the stairs, and on top of it all, my trusty vehicle had died. When I began working in August of 2016, I immediately started getting my dental work fixed. Purchased my own benefit/insurance package (health/vision/dental), got the CPAP machine, started taking anti-depressants, AND even somehow managed to finance a used vehicle!!
Now we’re at the most important check on the list, my weight. It’s always been in the back of my mind, but I [continue] to feel numb to the thought that I need to do something about it… So this past week I’m forcing myself. I have NOT had any soda all week, and I’m super proud of that accomplishment. I’ve been drinking more water and consciously been eating less junk. So far, so good.
You’re mostly up to date – as far as I’m willing to share in an open forum anyway. I’m once again overwhelmed by the support I am receiving, and I thank you all for your wonderful messages and words of encouragement…