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How do you do it?

What motivates you? What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. Is your day full of challenges that you can't wait to tackle? Or are your days easy going and simple to face?

I can't seem to find my groove lately. Things I want to do don't interest me. Things I need to do I can't face. All the symptoms of depression are dragging me down yet the tried and true medications are coursing through my body like always.

I just had a birthday. A major one. I wanted to let it slip by quietly but the Mrs. insisted on doing it up. I plastered a smile on my face and pressed on. I enjoyed seeing the people, most of them, that came by to wish me well.

It does not sit easy in my mind that, as the birthdays come and go, the number of well wishers that are younger then I keeps increasing.

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Scorpie wrote on August 8, 2014, 4:11 PM

The eight years left on my mortgage, my wife, my employees, food, drink and music and my aching back.

Kasman wrote on August 8, 2014, 4:28 PM

I hear you! I stopped celebrating my own birthday when I passed 53 and had my triple by-pass. I figured that if I ignored the birthdays it would be like I wasn't getting older! Hasn't worked. :(

Feisty56 wrote on August 8, 2014, 5:27 PM

You know, I have a very long answer to your question as to what motivates me to get out of bed each day -- so long, in fact, I think I'll make a post out of it. Thank you for the inspiration.

As for birthdays, I've long thought that those celebrations really belonged to the parents who were responsible for my conception and birth. What is there for me to celebrate? I did nothing on that momentous day.

MegL wrote on August 8, 2014, 5:30 PM

I am in my 60s and retired. I went back to university to finish my studies. I am enjoying them far more than when I was young because I was pressured to go to university. Now it's MY choice (and my money!). For getting the motivation to get up in the morning, I follow Flylady's principles. She suffered from a deep depression and has managed to recover from that and keep herself away from further depression by having a simple routine she does morning and evening. A number of others who have followed her routines have said how these have helped them. The routines mean that you know what to do, you don't have to think and doing the routine gets you up out of bed and moving and that can be VERY helpful by giving your day a structure. Exercise is a great motivator, it also helps keep dementia at bay!

LeslieAdrienne wrote on August 8, 2014, 9:37 PM

Well, it may be that birthdays bring younger and younger celebrants as well as older and older children, (Is the hair on my son really thinning???) but, we all know what the alternative to having birthdays is....... LOL

BarbRad wrote on August 8, 2014, 9:43 PM

I truly empathize. I know I should be feeling older that I do most of the time, but many days I feel as you do. I just want to forget writing for a bit, and especially the book business, and get lost in a book. I dare not start a reading binge now. I should be posting to my blogs instead of hanging around here today. But with all those photos I took in Ventura yesterday, I'd rather be posting here.

Rhymis wrote on August 10, 2014, 3:31 AM

I feel you, MGray. Whenever it's my birthday, I don't actually feel excited. In fact, I feel anxious. I tell myself, another year has gone by, and what have you done? My birthday reminds me that time's a-passing and I'm not getting any younger. It's like a ticking bomb that's reminding me I should get a move on and actually do something.