Reflections of Depression, Part One

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It’s been so long since I last posted an entry that I honestly have no idea how to begin a new post. One could argue that I was never an expert at blogging in the first place, and I’d have to agree…despite the fact that I’ve been blogging in some form or another since the mid-1990s.1 The main reason that I say I’m not an expert despite all these years of “experience” mainly has to do with two facts: One is that I’ve never had a post go viral, and the second is as far as I know – I’ve never influenced anyone to start a blog or successfully helped someone with their blog.2 In all honesty? I don’t even think I could walk someone through the steps of installing WordPress[dot]ORG onto to their domain without having the files in front of me. There used to be a time when I could tell someone exactly how to start a new blog using WordPress without looking at a screen. I will admit this is because I might’ve accidentally deleted my WordPress files a time or two, and had to reinstall everything.3 Is it just me, or is this post starting to give off the vibe that I’ve decided to quit blogging? If so, that’s the furthest thing from the truth…so what is the truth? The truth of the matter is that my life isn’t interesting enough to warrant regular posts…I’m not employed in a career that anyone cares about…or even employed period. I don’t have any children – so being a “mommy blogger” is off the table. I very rarely leave my apartment due to not having any money and the fact that I’m basically allergic to every single green thing I can see outside my living room window. A simple walk to the library will sometimes leave me with hives depending on the pollen levels that day. So where does this leave me?

Right now? It leaves me with a phone that sometimes has service, an unfinished novel staring me in the face, and a complete lack of motivation to work on anything – including posts for either this site or Bookishly, and an attention-span that is slowly dwindling to nothing. I’ve recently come up with the idea to set up some sort of daily schedule for myself – but the only thing I’ve added is the times I’m wanting to eat… 7:30 am for breakfast, noon for lunch, etc. I have no idea an idea on how to fill those hours between meals, and after dinner to bedtime prep. But I’m completely unmotivated to do them – work on my novel, draft blog posts for both domains, work on my save file for The Sims 4…for various reasons. I’d originally figured that my lack of interest and motivation was due to the colder weather…but on the day that I’m drafting this, it got up to 92° with the heat index. 4 I suppose that I could also blame COVID-19 with the whole having to shelter in place, etc. But I was basically a hermit prior to all the mess that we call 2020…so I can’t say it’s to blame. If there’s any reason that I’m unmotivated and basically uninterested in almost everything, I don’t know the reason. I suppose that you might say that I’m depressed.

An outsider looking into my life might wonder what has caused me to be depressed, or think that I’ve no reason to feel this way. A part of me would agree with them – I’m healthy, I am able to eat regularly, I have a roof over my head…all of my basic needs are being met. Yet, if you were to look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs you might notice that all of the things I’ve mentioned fall under the category of Physiological Needs…it’s the next levels that cause a bit of a disturbance in the Force, so to speak.

After the physiological needs, we have the need for Security and Safety. Security includes financial security…and I’ve honestly never experienced that in my entire life thus far. Growing up as the oldest child in a single-parent household, I’ve always been quite aware of the fact that certain sacrifices had to be made so that we’d have a place to live, food on the table, etc. There were times when I didn’t have a birthday cake or birthday presents since my birthday was so close to the beginning of the month. My Mom always made sure to wish me a happy birthday and tell me how much she loved me. As a child, I accepted certain things as fact – I know I was loved, in fact, there were people in my hometown who’d remind me if they saw I was upset.

But there’s a difference between knowing something is true and living life after that person is gone. I know that it’s sometimes cliched to say, but my Mom was truly my best friend. I told her absolutely everything – who I had a crush on in high school, which teachers I couldn’t stand, why I was doing horrible at Algebra…everything. She was my biggest supporter, no matter what activity I wanted to try…she got me my very first domain, nouveau-prep.net, and willingly bought me dozens of extra notebooks so I’d have a place to write down my poems and other writings.5 She was even willing to sign the papers so I could drop out of high school as I was absolutely miserable. I didn’t end up becoming a high school dropout, the high school guidance counselor convinced me that I’d regret doing so. She reminded me that I’d miss all the activities that came with being a Junior/Senior…which were mainly Prom and Graduation. Looking back, I honestly wouldn’t have missed either Graduation or Prom. I don’t have a single trinket from any of those moments. My junior year Prom dress, which cost almost $400 at the time and was a gift from my Mom’s boyfriend to get me to like him, became an “art project” for my youngest brother. We got a few things at the dance – a picture frame and I don’t even recall what else. As for my Senior Prom? Well, Mom and her boyfriend had separated…which has absolutely nothing to do with Prom. I truly didn’t want to attend my Senior Prom alone…but I was also too chicken to ask someone to go with me. I told myself that the person I wanted to ask wouldn’t want to attend anyhow. As for my dress…it was the same color as the previous year so I wouldn’t have to break in another pair of heels, and it was more “adult”? It had a lace-up back, and fitted very snugly…you could honestly tell if I was wearing panties or not.6

Then we come to Graduation…which will have to be in the next post as I’m already over 1200 words, and it’s recommended you keep your blog posts under 1500 words. Though I do wonder who came up with such an arbitrary number? I certainly didn’t…though it does help me to figure out where to end my posts.

I will hopefully get another post up this week…either on here or on Bookishly…probably there as I am thinking about doing the WWW Wednesday post, and tomorrow is Wednesday. See you in my next post, or on social media! All of my links are in the sidebar to the left!

  1. I’m counting my years having an account on Teen OpenDiary as blogging, as well as being on Geocities.
  2. I’m not including my brief foray into hosting subdomains, because it was a complete disaster.
  3. Belated and sincerest apologies to those who hosted me during this time – thank you for being so very patient with me.
  4. This is why staying hydrated is very important, kids.
  5. Sadly I don’t have any of my writings from when I was in High School.
  6. I’m not going to say if I was, as I’m sure that someone is still probably wondering about it.

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Spring Means New Goals?

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This past Sunday the 20th of March was both the first day of Spring and the start of another astrological year…so it only makes sense for me to use it as the official start of my 2022. I realize that this should’ve been posted a few days ago – but I’ve been preparing everything to ensure that I will be able to succeed at the goals that I’m setting for myself. I’m sure that you’re probably asking yourself…why am I even writing about my goals if I’m not positive that I will be able to achieve them? Quite simply, I’m asking you as a reader/follower of my blog to help keep me accountable for these goals. I have spent the past two to three days refining these goals and confirming that these are the things that I wish to accomplish over the next few days, weeks, or months. Some of them may seem like insignificant tasks to you – and at one time in my life, I probably would’ve agreed with you. However, right now? I am praying that my desire to improve my life – to be happier, to be healthier, to be more productive…to actually make real progress on my main WIP – will be stronger than my desire to procrastinate, to stay in bed all day sleeping. Now, you’re probably wondering what are these goals that I am setting?

The Goals for 2022

  • Get my ears pierced – double lobe piercing.
  • Enter Writers of the Future contest – the one with the due date of October 1st.
  • Get my first tattoo – breathe; – on my inner left wrist.
  • Get my driver’s license – yes, I’m over 40 years old and I’ve never had it.
  • Dye my hair – color to be decided. I really want to try Shrine Drop It Hair Dye Drops but I’m not 100% decided on the color.
  • Get contacts – I need to have an updated eye exam and I need to find out if my insurance will pay for them.
  • Lose a minimum of 15 lbs. – I currently weigh 175.8 lbs at the time this is being written. However, I don’t want to lose my curves.
  • Combine all of my blogs – personal, Sims, and book – into one blog to be included on this site.
  • Finish all of the blog posts that are in my Drafts folder, which includes tags that I’ve never done or that I don’t remember completing.
  • Complete Goodreads 2022 Reading Challenge. My goal is to read 100 books this year – I’m currently 12 books behind.
  • Develop a sleeping schedule/routine that works for me consistently.
  • Start streaming on Twitch, and post videos on YouTube.
  • Create my first piece of CC for The Sims 4 – probably a wallpaper/wall paint.
  • Purchase The Sims 4 expansion packs, game packs, stuff packs, and kits that I don’t currently own.
  • Add a minimum of two posts each week on jessicamezo.com.

A little less than twelve hours ago, I was sitting here trying to come up with a way to introduce a post since I hadn’t posted anything since the 15th of February and I’m always hoping that I don’t sound like a complete newbie to blogging whenever I decide to post. However, my feeling this way might be a good thing even though I’m not sure how it could be. I’d also like to add that I will probably be adding more goals to this list and removing goals as I accomplish them. Anyhow, I’ve reached the end of this post which means that I’m going to go do other daily online tasks.

Questions For You

  1. What are some goals that you set for 2022?
  2. Are you on Goodreads?
  3. Do you have any drafts for your blog saved on your computer?

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A Somewhat Cold Update

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It’s almost two in the morning, and I really should be in bed. Instead, I’m sitting in front of my desk1 trying to draft this, the hopefully first post of 2022. I spent the past two or three days browsing various websites that offer free stock photos as I couldn’t decide if I wanted to rush a post about my goals and hopes for this year, or if I wanted to go back into this whole blogging thing at a slower pace…though since I’ve not posted since the 18th of October 2021, you could say that I’m moving at the speed of a three-toed sloth 2. However, if you consider the fact that a three-toed sloth probably has a destination, then I’m definitely slower. I have been so unconcerned about making sure that this site had any updates…or any of my various projects. All I have been doing since my Mom’s death in the Summer of 2018 is renewing my domains or moving a gifted one to a cheaper extension. My eventual plan is to do book reviews and other such bookish things on that site. Right now? It only has a somewhat lackluster introductory post, and I’m drafting “The European Traveller Book Tag.” I also have a list of about 30 or so ideas for future posts – I might have just as many, or more, for this site if I would gather them all in a single document.3

If you read the last footnote, you’re probably thinking that my apartment is like one you’d see on that TV show, Hoarders. I assure you that it’s in no way close to being similar to the homes shown on there. I will admit, however, that before I move4 I really need to do another purge. It doesn’t help matters when I currently have 132 MB of storage space left on my HP Stream, which still needs a name. So uninstalling both The Sims 4 and Origin has left me with almost 24GB of free space, which will only increase as I get the assortment of blog posts and pages edited, then published. I am beginning to think that my biggest obstacle to having a successful website is either the fact that I procrastinate too often or I’m an extremely boring person.5 The fact that I am currently at the mercy of my cell phone and God doesn’t help matters any.

Moving on to something a bit brighter, I still need to write a post telling y’all about my new puppy, Kiki. It’ll be drafted after I publish my post about my hopes, wishes, and dreams for 2022 – it will hopefully be published around her birthday, 25th of January. In other somewhat good news, I’m now getting monthly allergy shots instead of weekly – those of you who follow me on Twitter will already know a bit about my two weekly shots. For the non-followers of my Twitter, I am allergic to most grasses and trees where I live, mold, and dust mites.6.

In the past two months, I have managed to make both Chicken & Dumplings with homemade dumplings and Ham & Beans. I don’t care to make such dishes as I usually end up with quite a bit of leftovers -one’s an old family tradition that I’ve not been following since my Mom’s death, mainly because I don’t care for the dish. The other’s only made when I go to the pantry and get a whole chicken, or when someone gives me one. Prior to my neighbor’s death, the one who used to live across the sidewalk, I was more interested in making Chicken & Dumplings as I knew I could give her a large bowl whenever I made some. The only other thing I’ve been doing since I last posted was watching a few TV shows like Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The only relatively new thing I’ve watched is Black Widow, which I absolutely loved…but I’m more a fan of Marvel than of DC Comics. I will admit that I’ve enjoyed both Wonder Woman movies – Gal Gadot is amazing, and Aquaman but have you seen Jason Momoa? :love:

This year, I’m hoping to read a total of 100 Books this year; watch both the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Pretty Little Liars…and I’m taking content away from my next post. So I’m going to end this one here and get to drafting the next one.

  1. Actually, it’s a drafting table if you want to be nitpicky.
  2. 2.4 meters per minute on the ground
  3. They’re currently on various pieces of paper all around my apartment.
  4. Hopefully, in the next 6 months or so. *fingers crossed*
  5. Honestly? It’s probably a combination of both. *shrugs*
  6. Please note that I didn’t say dust – my allergist gets very angry if I say I’m allergic to dust AKA dead parts of people. :lol:

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