7 Days of Positive – Day 146: my old friend, the blues

 

 

The last couple of days I’ve had a hit of the blue meanies. They get me every now and again, as I think they do everyone, especially creative types.

I get this feeling like I’m in a rowing boat drifting out to sea with no oars and I don’t feel in charge of anything. If someone asked me if I wanted toasted almonds on my chocolate ice cream, I wouldn’t be able to make a decision.

So today I went along with my husband up on his suggestion of a walk in the mild very early summer sunshine.

We walked along the seafront and I saw a gorgeous little girl wearing a flowery dress with bright yellow wellingtons.

I saw a man on a skateboard being pulled along by his Staffie which was eagerly running while his owner held the lead. The man was holding another little fluffy dog under his other arm.
The sailing club was having a dingy race.

The sailing club was having a race.

We bumped into a couple of friends also out to make the most of the sunshine.

It was warm enough to take off my jacket and I could feel the sun’s warmth on my skin.

We stopped to look at the progress they’re making on restoring the pier, which was burned down by arsonists a few years ago. It’s all very exciting.

When we got back to the house an hour later, I felt entirely back to normal.

I’m grateful that sometimes it only takes a walk to put me right.

23 Comments
  • Susan
    May 25, 2015

    I wish you well. Thank you for your lovely blog.

  • Bernadette
    May 25, 2015

    Oh Maggie, a walk by the sea can make a huge difference, so glad you feel better for it. I must admit, being away from the ocean (like I am here in London) has had a big impact on my state of mind. I dream of being back in the water again. B

  • Sue
    May 25, 2015

    Glad you are feeling better Maggie, and I like your idea of the blue meanies, as feeling like you are out at sea. A favourite astrological metaphor comes to mind from your story. I think of astrology (as I think you do from a previous post) as symbols that can help us balance contrasting drives and energies. So in this case – when the sea/the unknown/the universe in its enormity (represented by Neptune for the astrologically minded) threatens to overwhelm us, and we feel lost and directionless in it, what we need is to make for ourselves a solid little boat on which to be safe in that sea – which practically means attending to structure/routine/exercise/attending to the mundane (Saturn, astrologically).
    Lovely to read that your ‘remedy’ included those elements. Tho it sounds like the sun and friends also played a big part.

    • maggie2015
      May 26, 2015

      also fire – the sun on my skin – and air – fresh air. I’m convinced the reasons beach holidays are so good for us is that they combine all four elements. Lying on the earth (which we have way too little contact with). Immersion in water. Fire and air on the skin.

      • Jane
        May 26, 2015

        Is it all those negative ions, do you think?

  • Lib
    May 25, 2015

    Lovely post- don’t often comment, but wanted to say that your blog is a great source of cheer, entertainment, and insight. Always enjoy your columns and posts, and have particularly enjoyed the ‘7 days of positive’ theme in recent months – it reminds me to reflect on the positive in difficult times. Thanks Maggie.

    • Anneke
      May 26, 2015

      +1 from me. Beautifully said.

    • maggie2015
      May 26, 2015

      Thanks Lib – means a LOT xxx

  • Zayin
    May 26, 2015

    I know so many people my age who end up on anti-depressants after a case of the blues. Doctors should be forced to prescribe walks first. Or perhaps a treatment based on the person’s astrological signature.

    Sometimes all it takes for me is a walk (moon in Saggo) a shower or de-clutter (sun in Virgo) or flicking through a glossy fashion magazine and then staring at myself in the mirror convinced I’m a supermodel (Mars+ Mercury in Leo). Sorry, but astrology is like my religion. I’m like one of those extra religious type people who are always dragging God into everything.

    • Bernadette
      May 26, 2015

      Dear Z, what are your feelings re starting a new job during Mercury Retrograde? Would be interested in your thoughts if u care to share. Sun Virgo, Gemini Asc. Moon Cancer. Thanks B

    • maggie2015
      May 26, 2015

      WE SHOULD GET MARRIED: Sun in Leo. Moon in Gemini. Mars and Venus in Virgo… (and other planets). Years ago an astrologer advised me that tidying a cupboard would get me out of most funks and it so so does…

      • Bernadette
        May 26, 2015

        Thanks Maggie, I think I would just love the male version of you – alas … In a weird spot now re what to do re the work/Merc. Retro./go home. Your friend Jessica’s daily reports all say start nothing till end June but I can’t just sit around for another month – got to work. Any thoughts … B

  • Ruth
    May 26, 2015

    Oh thank you Maggie. Pinning copy of this with “Blue Meanie First Aid” heading beside my computer.
    Warm Oz wishes.

  • Amanda Caldwell
    May 26, 2015

    This post really hit the spot as your blog often does … bumping along the bottom for the past week or so. Just had a conversation with my daughter who’s also a bit blue and encouraged her to go for a walk outside in the crisp Canberra air. Sent her this to read before she goes. Thanks Maggie.

  • WattleFlatJane
    May 26, 2015

    Just getting out and appreciating what you see around you does make you feel better, and reminds me that I must do so this arvo after a thoroughly depressing FIVE HOURS doing tax and the propect of another few hours on school reports.

    Thanks for a reminder of how important being in the moment is. Apart from doing tax…

  • Lara
    May 26, 2015

    You are fortunate to have a husband who understands the type of first aid you need. I had a visit from the black dog of depression last year when in the midst of chronic illness. I felt like he was sitting on my chest and squeezing the air out of me. My husband was instrumental in dragging me out into the fresh air. Even if I wasn’t up to talking or walking any distances, it was good just to blow the cobwebs out. When I am better it is of great comfort to know that I am not alone.
    Magpie – you are not alone and thank you for sharing your story with the rest of us. I wish you well xx

    • Bernadette
      May 26, 2015

      Dear Lara, indeed, having a caring and understanding partner – what a difference. I know my current state of mind is exacerbated by loneliness/being away from home and friends; hope u r on the mend. B

      • lara
        May 28, 2015

        🙂

  • Lara
    May 26, 2015

    Oops – that should be ‘Maggie’, not ‘Magpie’. Damned spell check !!

    • maggie2015
      May 26, 2015

      one of my best friends calls me Magpie… another calls me Magnolia. The only thing I object to is my school nickname: Maggoe.

  • Julie
    May 26, 2015

    I get the same feeling of wellbeing just by being out in my garden and having a little wander.

  • Pauline Walden
    June 2, 2015

    Maggie – I walk every morning between Brighton and Elwood in Melbourne and if I can’t do it, like this morning, (7 degrees and peeing down) I get very bothered. It is so good for the soul to walk beside the water.
    Why have I dropped off your website alerts, I have tried to re subscribe but it just keeps saying there is a problem Houston – not happy
    cheers
    Pauline

    • maggie2015
      June 2, 2015

      Hmmmmm thanks for this Pauline – I think I have a problem with subscribers as you are the second one to report such. I’ll have to look into it, oh joy….. NOT! PS the weather’s pretty similar here today, don’t think I’m going to get my walk either dammit.

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