This is me, age 33.

by Elizabeth on March 19, 2013 · 3 comments

in 101 in 1001, Life

33

Last Sunday was my birthday.  It was a pretty quiet affair this year; a lazy day of breakfast in bed, thoughtful presents, lots of phonecalls, and a couple of hours with my doona and an excellent book.  Outside the weather was rainy and cold which was exactly what we needed after our record-breaking heatwave.  Tim took me to Nobu for dinner and we had an incredible night together, dressed to the nines.  I even busted out the false lashes.

I was completely ready for thirty-two to be behind me, for reasons I’m not entirely able to explain.  When I look back at my last year I have so much to be grateful for: an incredible holiday to the USA (and much longed-for quality time with Tim’s family), hitting new strides in my job, happy milestones for the people I love.  It was a year of blessings.

But for me it was also a year for restlessness and sadness.  There were some long stretches of time when I felt pretty low – not depressed, just lacking my usual resilience to the world.  I felt the disappointments and unkindnesses more deeply during the past year, and found that it lowered my expectations of the people around me.  I hurt my foot and quit my running, I stopped painting because I couldn’t remember how to do it.

So I’ve been feeling kind of lost.  I’ve been treading water, waking up each day to go through the motions.  I haven’t been nurturing the parts of me that are most important: my health and my passions.

Thirty-three feels like a chance to get my old self back.

If I need more from the people around me I am going to ask for it.  I am going to ask more of myself and make sure that I finish each week better than I found it.  There will be more time for friends and drawing and being outside – even if my foot won’t let me run.  Food will be fuel, not feelings.

One thing I know about myself is that this blog is still a healthy, enriching thing for me.  My blog doesn’t overwhelm or dictate my offline life, but the interactions I have here do so much to enhance it.  I guess what I’m saying is that I love youuuse guyyys.

So tell me, what’s your secret for pulling yourself out of a slump?  I could use a bit of a boost.

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  • http://www.rainbowtatt.com/ Rah!

    I used to be really good at getting myself out of a funk… I used to just tell myself to get over it. Nowadays it takes goat videos on YouTube, motivational playlists on Spotify and a sickening number of motivational pics on Pinterest.

    Oh and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYlCVwxoL_g

    xx

  • http://www.scarletwords.com Elizabeth

    One way to guarantee a stabby Liz is to show me motivational Pinterest quotes when I’m already in a funk!

    But goat videos and zefrank? NOW YOU’RE TALKING. That video is amazing and has almost convinced me to get out of bed before midday today.

    (Just as soon as I finish searching for funny goat videos on YouTube)

  • http://twitter.com/david1976aus david1976aus

    Surround yourself with good friends. I always find that you cant eliminate all of the bad days but dont let them get you down. A good friend of mine says you need to have rain to get a rainbow.

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