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    #4645266 - 09/11/05 11:10 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Reading the posts here i see alot of people with depression.  I wish to share something i learned while battling my own depression.  basically for me it boils down to expectations, when i was a kid everything was happy and perfect (becaues i didnt know any better) this happy feeling became my litmus test for happiness.  after a hard part in my life i have felt like crap after that completely, because it was a far cry from when i was happy.  my point is, my depression comes from life not meeting my expectations of what life should be. 

For example, say taking a test at school.. situation a: you do really well, and are elated.. the next test you do not quite as good: most likely depression ensues.  situation b: first test you have no expectations and get a 75%.  thats ok, but you could have done better.  next test you get.. say the same score as the second test in example a.. elation ensues.  my point being, the same score can correspond to different feelings depending on expectations. 

My solution to all of this is to accept things the way they are and *try* to not have it conform to one standard, if i am to be happy.  I dont always do that, but i try  :smile:. Meditation also helps alot, take some quiet time to really look at ourselves is important i think.  good luck all  :heart:

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Re: expectations [Re: secretmachine]
    #4646503 - 09/11/05 05:02 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I totally agree with you man. Like you said life was amazing as a child, your mind wasn't viewing future as a challenge, everything is like a river flow. When I went through puberty I started analyzing things more, I saw how successfully my child life was and I was like "shit I need to keep this up" doing that made everything very stressful and depressing. I became very sensitive and became a victim to negative thinking. I think many people need to realize that past and future only exist in our heads and we should do what makes us happy. Fallow our dreams, our imagination. Flow with the river, drift around problems, everything will fall into place. Nice post secretmachine :thumbup:

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Re: expectations [Re: p4kSouL]
    #4647976 - 09/11/05 11:05 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

"Life is [as] amazing as a child!"
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