For my Day 12 Blogging 101 assignment I decided to participate in
Writeful Mind’s Feel-Good Friday. Feel-Good Friday promotes self care and me-time. This is the option I chose to write about.
Has a loved one given you a cool” experience” gift to make sure you get some time to yourself? Tell us about it.
I have been struggling with depression for years. I retired early due to depression. (I was a Junior High Math teacher.) Recently I have found it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. It was often 11:00am or noon before I got up. Morning was usually my best time of day and I was now missing it. I often slept two or three hours in the afternoon and in the evening I was not energetic. My life was not what I wanted but I knew no way out of it.
I have always loved cats but when my last two died five years ago my husband and I decided not to have another. Knowing that I was not doing well my husband suggested that we foster a cat. I found Buddy, a five year old long haired ginger and white tabby. Shortly after getting Buddy my husband left to work on the other side of the country for two months.
I quickly found that Buddy is not like my other cats. He sleeps all day and is awake a lot at night. He has a habit of sitting on your lap and touching your face with his declawed paws when he wants something. Unfortunately what he wants from 4:00am onwards is company. He makes his first visit to my bedroom at 4:00 and I pet him. He visits again at 5:00 and I get up and get him breakfast. He wakes me again at 6:00 to be petted. Finally at 7:30 I have had enough and I get up.
My life has changed. I have all morning to myself. I don’t even feel sleepy in the afternoon and I go to bed early at night. Unknowingly, my husband gave me the perfect me-time gift.