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Wow this is, uh, kind of nostalgic. Sitting down and typing up a journal entry about goings-on or my thoughts in general used to be a pretty common thing for me to do, but it's been so long since I've been in that habit and I've only become more and more self-conscious of myself and what I'm conveying that basically this is just pretty embarrassing all around. Which, actually, is awful because I've always felt really embarrassed of myself in general, and expressing myself has always been a difficult thing for me because it is, well, embarrassing. But it used to be so easy to do in journal format; it used to be a pretty sure thing that I could let things out and feel like some weight's been lifted, I guess. Now I get so anxious that the thought of putting words down for the express purpose of having them read is enough to keep my fingers from moving. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've suffered with anxiety issues for quite a long time, and it used to be that I might not have been able to see it immediately, but that I was making progress towards functioning despite it. I don't really consider myself as someone who functions anymore; I focus only on what's currently happening around me, on the things that can't be avoided— work and whatnot— and that seems to fill up all of my time.

I keep waiting for a day with no responsibilities to set myself back into my old pace, even just for a bit, to do the things I miss doing, to talk with the people I miss talking with, and to just generally experience anything worthwhile. But what if I can't keep up past my initial attempt? The probability of just that occurring is way too likely. Even now, I'm sitting here sighing and thinking of closing my laptop because what am I even doing; I can't really answer it. I don't really have a purpose to anything I do anymore, I guess. It's been this way for a long time and I've known it, but well, it only becomes more obvious as time goes on. Sometimes I just lie in bed at night like this and I think about how this is really not good, how I am really not okay, and how I should really make an effort to fix it. And other times those facts are just as obvious but they're just facts and they're not going to change because I'm me, and I'm so limited as to what I can do. So many things are so impossible for me. At least, that's how it feels. And unfortunately that's enough to keep my motivation and my self-esteem from being practically nonexistent, if I wanted to describe it with an ounce of optimism, anyway.

It's been such a long year. A long, difficult year. I keep meaning to detail it in full but after all this time, the memories are already starting to blur together. And like everything else, it doesn't seem to matter anymore. Nothing I've done or have gone through is of any consequence to the world, and it's in the past now anyway. I'd say that it should be fine to just move forward, but that direction is just as meaningless. I feel exhausted on a near daily basis. But I go into work pretending to be a cheerful and outgoing person because I don't know what I'd do if anyone were to believe otherwise. Sometimes it gets really hard to keep up the act. There have been a couple of particularly rough days where I nearly started crying at the register for... not really any reason other than I just feel so sad and helpless and pathetic and other such things. I live with a consistent fear that someday I'll lose it and if I slip up just once, I won't be able to endure it.

I've made a couple of friends at work. It's ridiculous but I literally cried the day one asked me to hang out with her at her house. It was the step up from just being someone I talked with at work and... well, it meant we were becoming friends like, for real, and I don't know. I was, first of all, really excited about it. I hadn't made a friend irl in a long time. I was never very good at it in the first place. As far as I've known, I just sort of came to know people. I can never recall the instances that led to legitimate friendship. But on top of being so so happy about it, I was just as scared. I get by at work by separating myself and all of my thoughts and my emptiness and basically... Maybe it sounds just as ridiculous, but I feel like a fraud. I feel like a liar. I guess at work I play the person I'd like to be, but I know in reality how insecure I am and all the problems that go with it. People like me at work and people can apparently like me enough to want to be friends with me despite the fact that I feel like a burdening existence who isn't worth anyone's time. I'm happy about that. When I can walk into work and my coworkers can smile and wave to me and look genuinely happy just to see me, or when they're the ones to strike up conversations with me which is surprisingly often, I guess it makes my act feel less like an act. But it still is. I want to be happy, I want to enjoy life, and I want to enjoy it with others, but there's something heavy chaining me down to despair. One slip up is all it would take; that's kind of how I've felt my whole life. I don't give myself second chances, so I don't expect that anyone else would want to. Maybe that's the heart of the fear that takes hold of me? But I can't really say for certain or maybe I'd be able to overcome it.

There's probably several problems, though, and therefore there isn't really one source to pinpoint. That seems more likely. I think another big issue is that I'm lonely. I'm lonely, and I know how utterly obnoxious I can be when I am, and so I isolate myself, so as not to embarrass myself and certainly not to inconvenience anyone else with... well, thoughts like these, I guess. But isolation is hardly a good cure for loneliness, one should think. It's my cure for anything, now that I think about it, and that's probably saying something there. It only becomes more natural for me to hermit myself and think about how the world will keep turning without me, anyway.

I'm now sitting here thinking, what a useless bunch of words, and wondering just what it was that I was trying to accomplish by writing them seeing as I've found no new evidence towards a solution and all I've really done is repeatedly showcase how uninteresting and pathetic I really am. But I guess that was it. This was meant to be serve as both an apology and a confession. It was supposed to be a lot more coherent, but things always sound better in my head when I'm trying and failing at falling asleep. Regardless, my apologies are for being a terrible friend. I've missed everyone a lot, though I have been talking to you all in my head. I sometimes write letters in my sleep to people, but I'm too nervous and scared to transcribe and send them by morning. Really normal things, but I just thought it's been so long since I've expressed how much I care for everyone that I ought to do it. I wanted to get back in contact with people, I wanted to become closer, but I was afraid that I'd start something and disappear again. Instead of disappointing anyone, I might as well just not try in the first place. Life story right there, really. Ugh.

So this wasn't the elaboration it was supposed to be, what, three months ago? Not entirely, anyway. And it's so boring and stupid that maybe I should just stay hidden after all, but I really miss everyone and I'm an idiot who doesn't know how to do anything the easy way, I guess. I felt like I needed some sort of... disclaimer, maybe? That I'm still struggling between these personalities, and that it's really difficult for me to ignore this depression I'm under. I can't ignore it, but I've been trying to pretend that it isn't there. And that basically, this sounds the most ridiculous, but I feel like I just don't know how to act anymore /o\;; I feel more nervous and unsure about the most trivial things than I've ever felt in my life, and I don't know why but um, I guess apologies in advance for my awkwardness. I'm sorry this was so long and stupid, too, but thank you for reading this far /)_(\

I also don't know how to end an entry anymore so this is it

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Date: 2013-10-30 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shaymin
wow. it's like. hm. i'm just sitting here, reading every paragraph thinking 'i could have written the exact same thing.' i feel like you do, completely unhappy, insecure, and lonely. i don't think it's awkward, and i thank you so much for coming back. sometimes i feel like you disappear off the face of the earth. and i understand why. i totally get it. but i still feel sad to see you go because i've known you for such a long time (since 2008?!). i know we're not extremely close, but we have a lot of similarities...

i know it takes courage to come out and write this, and to face a bunch of people who you haven't spoken to in awhile. and, again, i'm glad you did. thank you.

i've also been trying to write more journal entries, since i feel like plurk is a lost cause for me. sometimes it helps. you don't sound weird and i don't think your thoughts are jumbled. i can tell what you are going through. i wish i knew what to say to give you words of encouragement, but i'm going through the same emotions right now. it's hard, and i'm so sorry it's happening to you. i'm sorry you're lonely, because you are nothing but a kind and giving person.

i will always give you a second chance, a third chance. you've never done anything to affect me personally, but i also know that you have a hard time forgiving yourself for anything (like me, again). but please know that i'm here to talk to you, or even just listen, and i know you have a ton of lovely friends who will do the same for you.

i guess all i can say is keep trying to move forward? maybe even look for a counselor to talk to, if you want. or just talk to me and some friends. i don't know what will help you, but i'm here if you need to rant. and this journal is a good tool.

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Date: 2013-10-30 11:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fomoire
Depression has this overwhelming ability to blur everything together. If you asked me to detail things that happened during high school, I'd draw a blank on you. It's often frustrating when you want to express what's been bothering you. Sometimes, in due time, your memories will become unmuddled and you'll begin to recall things. In my experience, this usually happens when you're ready to cope with whatever happened. And sometimes, no matter how much time passes, some memories you won't be able to reach anymore. Part of me wants to think it's maybe the one good thing to come out of depression; not being able to remember why you were so sad to begin with. Naturally, this isn't always healthy. There comes a time when you're going to need to know the why to prevent future occurrences, but, haha ... It's slightly complicated, right? And I believe whether this remains a good thing or a bad thing varies from person to person. As for myself, I'm still not sure where I stand on it.

Depression will also lead to feelings of happiness, however slight, being perceived as unnatural. When it's been a while since the last time you've been carefree, it can feel like you're fake. Like you're pretending to be someone who's not you, when in reality it's ... really you! The you from before you started feeling this overwhelming despair. Depression tricks you into forgetting that was once you, and leads you to believe that becoming that exact you again is unobtainable.

But it isn't. And it isn't that you'll change into the happy you and be happy forever. Depression is a balancing act, and while things like eating habits, proper rest, and some form of meditation or exercise is certainly a good component to fighting it, there's this other part that's more tricky. There's this part you really don't have control over. You can't completely rewire your brain, but you can notice things that prepare you for an oncoming episode. This doesn't cure the episode, but it almost makes it a little more bearable than going on blindly. It's something that's unique to each individual. For instance, before I went through my episode last year, there came a point when I was ordering food and the lady serving me gave me a can of pop over a bottle. While this isn't even a problem considering you can simply ask for the bottle, in my mind I kept thinking "idiot, idiot, stupid person". The minute I realized what I was thinking in my head, I felt guilty and realized that I needed to be more aware of what was happening with me. Sure enough, I'd say about three weeks later, I fell into a bad episode of depression.

Back when I was younger, I would have sunk further into depression by thinking that hostile voice in my head was the real me, and that I wasn't really a nice person, it was a ruse all along! Now, though, I'm more aware it isn't really me. When all the anger subsided, it wasn't her mistake that made me angry. I wasn't actually angry; I was upset I'd be perceived as an idiot for asking to have something changed I didn't order. In my case, when I get upset my first reaction is to get angry instead of crying since I want the blame pushed away from me. Even for something as silly as that.

That was long, but the point I wanted to draw attention to was the fact that my depression had always convinced me I was this hateful, angry person who always blamed other people. But ... that wasn't and isn't true. Instead, I get angry at others so I don't have to confront my own shortfalls. Something as simple as switching an order becomes this huge ordeal. When I get overly sensitive, that's when I know I'm about to enter another episode. And this is the hard part. Part of the reason is because you're so used to acting or feeling a certain way that you can't figure out if this is normal or not. Another thing that's hard is that, when it gets down to it, you feel "crazy" admitting to these signs. I don't really take pride in internally freaking out over a pop bottle vs a can of pop, but it's the deeper meaning behind the freak out that matters. And now for future references, I know I need to take extra care of myself when things like that happen.

Not knowing how to act anymore isn't a ridiculous notion. Don't feel silly. When everything you're doing is causing negative feelings, it's easy to get perplexed over how you can act in a way that fixes it. Of course, you're going to be harsher on yourself since that's how we all are, but if someone else typed out the exact same thing you did, you'd be supporting them. You wouldn't be thinking any of this sounded silly or boring or stupid. You'd tell them they weren't obnoxious, and that you believed in them and their ability to pull through this! I know all of this because these are things you've said to me when I've talked with you about my problems. I wish you could see in yourself what other people see in you. Haha, but at times I wish I could see in myself what others see in me. Which is to say I understand why it isn't such an easy thing.

Loneliness is terrible, and it's great to know amazing people online, but it doesn't always translate well when you physically need someone there. I wish I lived closer! Or that transportation were magically cheaper/more efficient. But, yes, loneliness certainly brings about depression, and depression brings about loneliness when you feel like no one in your immediate vicinity understands how you feel.

Like I already told you, I'm really glad you decided to post this. It's not an immediate cure, but sometimes getting your feelings out like this can lead to some of the weight being lifted off your shoulders. Right now you might feel lost, but I believe in your ability to slowly work through this. You're a wonderful person, and you deserve to be happy! I might be limited in distance, but you always have my support. Even if positive change needs to come from the person who's experiencing the problem, I'm more than happy to remind you what an amazing person you are whenever you're feeling lost . . . As might be evident by my 5 million plurks to you throughout the time you've been absent. But that's only because I'm not willing to let you slip away so easily!

You've been taking a lot of good steps forward, so remember that, too!

I'm not really sure how to properly wrap this up either, so there! I love you ♥

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Date: 2013-11-03 04:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fomoire
I've always been the sort who gets horribly upset when others even remotely feel the same sense of sadness I do over things. So,

I can still remember being in 1st grade, even, sitting by myself at a table while every other kid sat with friends. ... I can't get rid of this knowledge that I'm just a failed human being who's never really going to amount to anything.

is particularly upsetting to read. It pisses me off to read. Not at you or because you feel that way, but this is me? This has always been and still been me, and this time it's the idea of this is the one time I legitimately can't come up with answers? This is the crux of what my core depression is about lol.

But I'm not going to make this about me, and, like. Hm. Obviously we've discussed similar things before, but the way it's worded (and probably because I've been in a weird place lately) hit me in a funny way? And it's just awoken such a fierce anger and sadness in me right now.

There's no worthiness check for friendship. Like, you earn trust of friends, not the ability to make friends. You are literally already a worthy person. Even if I don't know the answer, I at least know that we're pretty much all born worthy of friendship, it's what we do or don't do throughout life that decreases that. And there's nothing you've done to decrease that. NOTHING. Your only flaw as far as friendship goes is you put everyone's thoughts, wishes, and feelings above yours. And while that's bad, it's not bad for the same reasons that decrease a person's worthiness. No one ever sees how great of a friend of they are. I'm pretty sure a lot of people, even if they don't ever state it, think they're a shitty friend. You've literally gone above and beyond for me and, let's be real, probably for everyone else.

This is so less coherent than my beautiful, well thought out responses. But I will literally tell you everyday why you are worthy of friends because this is the shittiest frame of mind to be stuck in and this is a huge hurdle, I think, to fighting off depression. I will also eventually stop starting sentences with "but" and using "literally". I have zero ability to be eloquent when I feel passionate about a subject.

Oh my god, I'm calmer now and less sad-angry, but I'm no less serious! You are worthy of friendship. You're not going to accept this fact after reading it. I don't have the answer on how to accept it. It's a long process, and it's hard. However, I'm willing to be the mirror that reflects your worthiness to you until you can see them in yourself.

This is scattered and horrible. I actually attempted fixing some parts. In the end it didn't feel right doing it. I'd rather my run-on sentence, badly timed paragraphs make the statement for me that was impossible to say otherwise. I'm sorry you feel that way. I'm sorry I feel that way. I'm sorry for anyone who feels that way. There are many things we're meant to struggle with through life, and while fitting in is certainly one of them, it's not supposed to be to this extent.

I'm also sorry I was probably projecting and somehow trying to give myself a pep talk? Who knows!

In short, you're nice, cool, awesome, etc, etc. I LIKE YOU. BEST HUSBAND. You believed we spelt forever as fourever. You let me tease you. Sometimes at the most inappropriate moments I'll recall I JUST TOOK A SIP OF POOP and want to laugh so badly. LIKE, THAT ONE TIME YOU EVER SAID POP. See, you are such a good friend. SUCH A GOOD FRIEND. WE'LL SHARE A HOUSE ONE DAY AND I WILL TELL YOU THIS EVERYDAY IN PERSON. THERE'LL BE A LOT OF CATS. IT'LL BE GREAT.

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Date: 2013-11-03 04:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fomoire
OH, another thing is that this has nothing to do with me being smart. We both know you'd come to the same initial conclusions I came to if we were talking about anyone else! But I understand where you were coming from.

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