Dropping in to say, ‘Hi.’

I’ve been on a journey, not an overly long one but a journey nonetheless. It hasn’t been to some tropical paradise, or snow-capped resort. Sadly it’s been a little close to home, into my mind. I would have preferred the crisp, cold snow and rarefied air, instead I ended up with a journey I thought I’d crossed off my list of places to go.ย After posting in mid December I felt buoyant and full of enthusiasm, ready to get to grips with a new year of blogging and catching up with online friends. So much for enthusiasm. I don’t have to explain the effects of depression and sadness here, they’re insidious and soul destroying, like maggots feasting on your happiness. Christmas came and went and I put my happy mask on so as not to pull those around me down into my funk. As every day passed it became easier to ignore the emails that would link me to my wonderful friends from across the globe, the people who have followed my journey, reading and sharing my stories. Enjoying my photos and encouraging me to become a better photographer. I’ve also enjoyed their input, the good, the sad and the downright funny. I’ve let people fall away from me because it became too difficult to communicate. I’ve made brief appearances on Facebook and liked a few things, that’s easy, click-click and away you go. A few people, and you know who you are sent emails and for that I thank you. What am I doing about my life? Not a lot at the moment, doing something takes commitment and that’s sadly lacking. Why am I still here? Because I have a wife who won’t give up on me, even when I rebel against her love and kindness. Therapy and drugs? Been there, done that. So it’s a matter of conjuring up the courage to face each day and see that life is inherently good. You have no doubt seen the circus act where the clown keeps all of those plates spinning, well I don’t think he knows what he’s doing, they’re all broken. I couldn’t post without a picture of my favourite animal. I took this on our trip in October. I tend to think he looks like I feel, confused, perplexed and a little lost.ย I won’t make any promises of being back next week, or posting something from the writer’s room on Friday. I’ll just say that I’m still here and thanks for understanding.
Cheers,
Laurie.

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83 thoughts on “Dropping in to say, ‘Hi.’

  1. Rellick

    I haven’t dealt with depression directly, but have supported someone in my life who fell to depression for twenty years and I am happy to announce that over the past two years have been bitter sweet. Expressing one’s thoughts to a good listener is an invaluable tool and has made all the difference in the world. Thank you for your post.

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  2. Wordifull Melanie

    Laurie, I know so well those dark thoughts, dark places that try to tug us under. I just recently had the past rear its ugly head when least expected…kinda put me in a tailspin for a bit. I’m glad you are persevering. Sometimes all we can do is grab handfuls of sunshine when we can to make it through the darkness. I know I’m not always the best at keeping up with your blog but please know I appreciate you and your work. Huge hugs!

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      I’m quite sure you do Melanie. It’s amazing how things just pop up at the darnedest times. I know the mantra for the age is live in the now but I wonder how many of those who spout it have been through some kind of hell. All well and good if you can keep ahead of your past. Keep grabbing that sunshine Melanie it surely works. Don’t fret about not keeping up, just knowing your there is enough for me. Hugs,
      Laurie.

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  3. Vernon

    Hi Laurie, not been on here much in the last year as too busy! Sorry to hear you’ve got a touch of the ‘black dog’…hope you feel better soon. You know last week was the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s funeral (I photographed it as a 2nd year student at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Photography) and if you didn’t already know he suffered all his life from bad fits of depression…the black dog he called it. So common, but so little discussed. It’s good to share.
    Ps. Just finished my first attempt at a book…maybe you could take a look….???? Sometime….
    Vernon.
    Ps some great new pics I see! Keep up the good work!

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Vernon, how good to hear from you. Your abscence has been noticed.๐Ÿ™‚ I can understand being busy. Yes the black dog and I thought that I’d done the hard yards. Yes Churchill was certainly plagued by depression. I saw something on the anniversary. A great wartime leader and man. Do you still have any photos that you took of the funeral? I would like to see them. I miss your work both writing and photography. Yes, I’d love to take a peek at your work. Thanks for the nice comment on my pics, much appreciated.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

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  4. Theresa

    I’ve missed you, Laurie. You don’t owe any of us anything – don’t add any perceived expectations as a burden. Just be yourself, and know that I walk beside you. As is, you are enough, and a gift to this world. Your soul shines, even when you feel as if your light has gone out…

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  5. mindlovemisery

    I am so happy to see you Laurie, you have been in my thoughts๐Ÿ˜„ I also suffer with Depression and PTSD so I understand completely the impetus to pull away from friends and loved ones and just dig down, curl up, lash out. However long you are away, you can always drop me a line when you feel like a chat. At the moment I am in my own hole. Though I have a new focus (school) the effort to get through those long days while coming across as reasonably sane is extremely strenuous (I am pushing everything down). I am supposed to contact my therapist but I think how will I go to therapy, dig up years of trauma, and then go directly to class and smile like it’s all good. I haven’t figured it out yet. I love the photo๐Ÿ˜„ I have missed you!

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Hi Yves, it’s good to be back on deck again. Your work, irrespective of how you’re feeling is still exceptional. Thanks for the invitation to chat. Therapy is so confronting, it’s okay i guess if you don’t have to still operate as a human being straight after. I remember several times sitting in the alley behind the building my shrink worked from and sobbing my heart out. That helped because I’d then go and have a coffee in the shopping centre. You can section it off and function though, let’s face it we do that anyway without the therapy. I have a great collection of masks to show the world.๐Ÿ˜‰ You can do it! I’ve missed you too.๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. mindlovemisery

        You make a good point there Laurie whether or not we are in therapy those memories are still surfacing and that pain is still surging and we have to somehow function despite it, Though I can’t say I am fully functional member of society and I can’t say it is easy but there is so much I do enjoy about life.

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  6. Eli Pacheco

    You and I both know, brother, some journeys a man must take alone. But, you’re not really alone. As you see here, there are many of us who have you in our hearts. It’s based on who you are, how you’ve treated us, and how we’ve learned and loved because of knowing you.

    Post or not, happy or sad, great day or bad, and everything in between, we’re with you, mate.

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      You’re dead right Mate, on both counts. These replies have been a real tonic for me and made me realise that it’s a small world after all. (That’s what i love about the internet.) I can see where I stand and there are plenty of friends around, a bit humbling actually. Thanks so much for your support, you’re a bloody good bloke Eli.

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  7. Patrons of the Pit

    Laurie, greetings old boy! And long time, no chat. I’ve missed your spice of character too, and was tickled to see a post form you here. And whilst you’re gritting through life’s murky funk, I should like to tell you a story. Nay, an observation really. When I first delved into the blogosphere, for to practice writing was my chief of goals. It was a place to share it, I guess, and the place it was vast. It spanned county lines, and oceans wide. Hark, it covered the world!

    So I kept writing.

    Then what happened is what happens to all bloggers who keep after it a while. I began to meet people. All kinds of folks, from every walk of life. Goofy, tall, big and short, funny and not so funny. Then one day, I don’t remember how, but I stumbled onto Laurie from down under, and at once admired his slice of life. The stories he had to tell, his way with the words, and his disturbing affection for kangaroos. We got along you and I, and you always checked in at the pit, to see what was cooking. Over time you became my most stalwart comment maker, even if the food sucked! The big vast blogosphere was a better place now that you were in it.

    Now days, I’ve begun to see that blogging isn’t really about writing after all. It never was. Nope, at the heart, it’s about people. And people connecting with other people. It’s about sharing a bit of our lives with some body else, if even but for a few scant minutes. That’s all it takes, sometimes, to connect with some one, and make their world a better place. And so as you grit through your quagmire of funk, and reach for brighter days, remember this; that, one, it will pass, and two, you by your own efforts have connected with many blokes around the globe, and henceforth you are certainly not alone, nor lacking in people who think you’re utterly fantastic. We are hear to lend an ear, a metaphoric shoulder, or digital punching bag if you’d rather. You’ve brightened our lives, Laurie. If you don’t believe that, then scroll through all the comments, and reconsider!

    At the end of the day, it’s about people loving people. And you sure got a lot of that going on here. And say what ever you will, but that is no small thing.

    Take care, mate!
    Potp

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Well, this set me back on my haunches (as big as they are) and made me read it again. Thank you for such an uplifting, special letter Potp. I have to say that I had no idea how much I wormed my way into people’s lives. I’ve always moved on as it were, change a job and lose contact with everyone, don’t look back. Now I see what a disservice I’ve done to myself and others over the years. There were probably a few who were glad to see the arse end of me but you get that.๐Ÿ™‚ You’re right, blogging is about people connecting with each other and making friendships. I think that I forgot that part. I’m going to have to visit again, I bought a four burner bbq with a hood, it makes cooking easier in the hot weather. You blokes have great recipes. I’ve been feeling that little bit better each day since I posted. My wife nearly fell out of bed this morning, apparently I smiled at her.So I guess that’s a step in the right direction. It appears that I have brightened a few lives on WP. The replies from everyone have certainly brightened my soul. I’m actually looking forward to visiting again, I see you have a post out today. Thanks so much for your kind, supportive words, I truly appreciate them.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

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  8. nataliescarberry

    First, let me say that I laughed out loud all the way through that last comment. And secondly that is exactly the way I picture you! I couldn’t have described you better myself even if I had met you in person. And lastly, how I love it when you make me laugh like. It is such a good sign that you are healing and secondly you have a GREAT sense of humor. That is why you are such a sweet and treasured person in my world, Sir Laurence, AKA Herr Herb, and will always remain so! Cold, what cold? Actually right now we are in our mid to late January warm up that tricks everything into thinking spring has arrived so that February can freeze those little buds right off. The saddest part of that is that all will bounce back, but some that only bloom once a year will only come back with green leaves until next time around. Mother Nature can be such an old bitty sometimes. And now whilst I’m thinking of it, I need to let you know that two weeks from tomorrow, I’m having my bum knee replaced. After a year of trying all kinds of injections, accupuncture, and massage, two surgeons have said that the knee is bone on bone and completely shot, even the knee-cap is partially deteriorated. (Getting old is such a bitch!) So as much as I hate having to go under the knife, the pain has gotten too bad and I’m exhausted from hobbling around on the damn thing since last January. So starting February 17th, I will be offline for several days and didn’t want you to worry if I missed a comment or post. Also I would appreciate any healing thoughts and prayers you are to send my way. Hopefully I won’t be absent too long because I love my blogging family and will miss you guys terribly. I hope you have a great rest of the week, my dear! Love’n huge hugs!!! โคโค ,3

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Ah! I can still make someone laugh Natalie, actually I’ve played the clown for most of my life. One can hide behind the idiocy and people don’t know any different. It sounds like you’re going to need all the chuckles you can get in a couple of weeks. Now I have to say I laughed when I started reading down the page, when I got to, ‘two weeks from tomorrow I’m having my bum…’ the knee part started on the next line down. So a whole range of visions flashed through my mind, because? Here in Oz your bum is your butt. It was like, what the heck is LMS having done to her bum? Then I read on. Still, a knee replacement is no laughing matter. The bum bit is though. With the cold, I know you’re a fair way from the north east but you can still get little flashes of it. it’s good to know that you’re having some warmth though. Mother nature can be a fair old cow at times. I injured my knee in the army when I was 18 and ended up with osteoarthritis, it’s been rubbish ever since. Had 4 arthroscopes on it over the years and the specialist said to leave it until I’m 70 to get it done, if at all. I do healings on it now and then and take fish oil occasionally and it’s still there. I will start sending healing tonight my time,right up to and a week after the operation. It will give me something to do. So chin up and we’ll talk soon.
      Love’n Hugs
      Laurence.

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  9. jenanita01

    as a fellow sufferer, Laurie, all I can say is this. You should only do what you want to do, no duty jobs. No guilt trips. Sometimes we have to retreat into ourselves, find the peace, and then come out swinging when the mood turns. And it will…
    God bless…

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Sound advice jenanita, funnily enough I can find solace retreating into myself. The trouble is I want to stay there but I know that I have to come out. I’m probably my own worst enemy with this, wanting it to be over and gone. No guilt trips!! Cheers, Laurie.

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  10. nataliescarberry

    I always miss you so much when you are gone. I didn’t try to send anything because I thought you were physically ill and not able to or up to respond. But I’ve thought about you everyday since you fell off the planet and am so glad to at least hear something from you. I’m so sorry you are going through such a tough time. I’ve been there and done that too and it is absofreakinglutely NO FUN at all!!! I’m so glad your wife won’t give up on you!!! This too shall pass, Laurence! It may take a while, even a while longer than you’d think or like, but it SHALL pass. I know it’s hard right now to think about posting or staying in touch but please let us know every now and again how things are going! I’m praying for you and love you, my sweet Roo friend. Hugs, N๐Ÿ™‚โค

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Little Miss Sunshine, aren’t you a sight for sore eyes. I may as well have been crippled because that’s how I felt. I’ll take physical pain over the mental one any day, at least it tends to go away, and those close can see that something is wrong. You’re right, it’s no fun at all. It will pass but it’s been a while since the last bout and I hate it. So keep the prayers up my dear Natalie, do appreciate them and I will keep in touch.
      Love’n Hugs
      Laurence. xox.

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      1. nataliescarberry

        As were you, Laurence of Australia!!! Yes, sadly depression cripples up in so many ways, and like you I’d rather deal with physical pain. And yes, yes, yes, I hate that people can’t see depression and therefore don’t understand it nor can they empathize with how bad it is. I will indeed keep praying that the Lord lift this weight off of you and bring peace and healing to my sweet and treasured, Laurence! Love’n hugs, N xoxoxoxox

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      2. laurie27wsmith Post author

        I feel like striking a heroic pose when you call me that, hat firmly on head gazing off into the far reaches of an approaching sandstorm. Face worn and weary, a slight stubble, my green eyes glistening with an anticipation of the unknown approaching. I like it!!! As you see I’m feeling a little brighter today, it’s probably because I’m home. Depression is like a bad back no real way of proving it.๐Ÿ˜ฆ Sweet and treasured sounds lovely Natalie, there’s only a couple of people who think of me like that. Keep the prayers up and I hope you aren’t getting any spin off from the cold weather.
        Love’n Hugs
        Laurence.

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  11. Pagadan

    I’ve missed you, Laurie–and your writing and your photos–and your presence! I can’t think of anything to say that might be helpful except that you’re loved by a lot of people whose lives you’ve made happier and more fun…

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  12. Susan Wingate

    I remember a time when I was depressed. I had no faith. No real belief system. Nothing I could grab hold of, anyway. I won’t spout about the Bible or Jesus. I won’t. What I will do is say this, “I’m a person who misses you.” Not only for your beautiful writing but for your insight and your humanity. Also, you are my only connection to a roo. Without you, this animal lover would be terribly sad for the lack of roos in her life. Stay strong, my friend. We all love you. -Teddy.๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Hi Teddy, so nice to hear from you. I don’t think I’ve ever been this missed in all my days. Depression certainly gets around and darn it, it doesn’t seem to care when it pops up. You know, just when you’re starting to enjoy life? I love the fact that you miss me for me, oh and the roos but who wouldn’t miss them? Thanks so much, we’ll talk soon.
      Cheers
      Slick.๐Ÿ˜‰

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  13. talain45

    Thank you Laurie. I understand and just say take your time. It was good too hear or see this post from ya. Depression can take away a lot of things from your day to day life that most people just don’t understand fully. I’ve been in and out of it sรฉance last March. I’ve had loving family members and a few friend that I let in to what is going on helping me to try and carry on life as best as I can. Last year was the worst for me but very little people know that. The only thing that’s kept me going is staying as active as I can, be around people who love me and take one day at a time. I’m still trying to find the time or the courage to get back behind my camera again and take more images. It don’t mean the same as it once did but I know in the act of going out I will find some pleasure in it. We have two different things going on in our lives but we are both still in the land of the living. So hang in there Laurie, you will know when you have found your wings again. They may feel different and not the same but they are your just the same. Fly when your ready. Your friend, Michael

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Michael it’s so good to hear from you. There seems to be a lot of sadness and depression around, or is it that more of us are opening up about it? Depression is the thief of happiness and it’s hard to grasp it back. I understand how you feel about not getting back behind the camera, I’ve gone days and couldn’t care less. Then there’s this urgency to snap away. Crazy. If depression gave you a rash or a high temperature then more people would understand, they could see something was wrong. Yes we’re still living but I sometimes ask why or is it worth it. Then the voice of hope and reason seeps through and says it is, but it doesn’t stay long though. Again, thanks for your kindness and concern Michael, it’s reassuring to know that others who suffer are still here. So do stay as strong as you can, it’s hard I know.
      Cheers from your friend,
      Laurie.

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  14. Patricia Salamone

    Hi Fratello, been going through a spell too, but have been missing your post’s that usually pull me up and out of the darkness. You take your time and I hope and pray to hear from you as soon as you are feeling the sunlight on your shoulders. We all go through some sort of funk for lack of a nicer word, but I hope knowing we are all behind you standing in line to give you a hug helps. Miss your smile.

    Your
    Sorella xo

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Ah Sorella. I do hope all is well with you and yours. I can’t have my sister down in the dumps. Funk indeed, I should tell it to funk off.๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s so nice to know that people are thinking of me, kinda makes it all worthwhile. We’ll talk again soon.
      Love
      Fratello.

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Thank you Vera, I’ve missed me too. I don’t know who the bloke is who’s here now but I’m not too keen on him.๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s good to know that I have such great friends in the WP community.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

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  15. hitandrun1964

    Ah, my friend. The chicklets are pacing back and forth, worried about you but they know how strong you are, even when you don’t feel or recognize it. Sucks, no doubt about it. You are sorely missed, when you are away. Your words and pictures make everything better:) YAY! But take the time you need to get better or I’ll fly out there, bring chicklets with me, of course, and we will have a good long talk. Several of the chicklets volunteered to stay with you for a few weeks, or for as long as you need them. Rene sends his love and said that when their first egg hatches they will name the chicklet Laurie, no matter the gender:) So stay tuned for that:) Hugs my friend and lots of love:) Hope you feel better soon. โค

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Well, that brought a tear to my eye Gigi. It’s funny, yesterday I had two close encounters with baby birds. We came around a bend in the road and a little wild duck family ran across in front of us, luckily the road was clear and I could swerve. Then when we parked at the shops under a tree, a baby bird fell onto the car, mum was teaching him to fly and he scuttled off the bonnet and sat behind the front wheel. So I think the chicklets may have been onto something. Oh, I put him back in the tree. I can just see you standing at my front door with a large group of chicklets from the coop fluttering around. That makes my heart feel good. A chicklet named Laurie, that sounds great and of course the name suits both sexes. Thanks so much for your support and love Gigi.๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. teagan geneviene

    This guy looks like me after every conversation with my manager… “What? She didn’t make a lick of sense?”
    I understand Lauire, believe me. Hope to see you again soon. Huge hugs. ๐Ÿฑ

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      I’m glad you can relate teagan, life’s confusing enough without others making it harder. Felt sorry for him though, the flies were murder that day and he kept swatting them, made for an interesting shot though. It’s nice when others understand teagan, one doesn’t feel so alone.
      Hugs back at ya.๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Jane Dougherty

        I suppose it’s all locked into childhood memories and an idea of past happiness. This year for the first time I didn’t do anything to deocrate the tree. Usually we all fight over it and end up breaking things. Only a couple of them could be bothered this year. That is what I find sad, when the magic goes.

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      2. laurie27wsmith Post author

        There is a presumption about xmas Jane, that everything should be happy, jolly and magical. Sadly it isn’t for many people. As a child you envelope yourself in an environment of blissful anticipation and for many it comes true. Some endure the disappointments and slowly build up a strong dislike for the season. When you had a mother who went through the motions and then verbalised her utter dislike for the whole event, then it shuts down your happiness. Look, this is only a small part of my sadness yet it is played out for a month or so leading up to the day. One of my brothers becomes extremely depressed 2 months out to the stage of being unapproachable. It’s crazy.

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  17. davidprosser

    I’m sorry Laurie, that must have taken a huge effort but it’s a positive one. Now you know you’re missed, now you know we’re behind you 100% though I grant you you’d want some of us up front where you could see us.
    Take care of yourself and keep in touch if you can, when you can. Your value is beyond measure and the journey you’re on is not one we know nothing about and you don’t have to travel alone.
    All the very best

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      No worries David, thanks for kicking arse, I needed it.๐Ÿ™‚ Actually, I’m quite surprised at how missed I am, there are some beautiful replies here today. Beautiful sentiments here Mate and I appreciate them so much.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

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  18. Tami McVey

    Beautifully written, Laurie. I disappear often for the same reasons. Sometimes all of the “friends” I have online make things feel more lonely at times and I have to retreat. It seems an awful lot of us creatives have issues with depression. Perhaps we need to learn to treat ourselves better and know that we don’t always have to be “on” to be valuable. Love you heaps and always somewhere in the background if you want to vent๐Ÿ™‚ xo

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Thanks Tami. I’ve watched your unfolding dramas lately and it’s good to see you’re getting through them. I think with our online relationships they’re very much right at your fingertips and it is hard to retreat without appearing rude. They’re only a mouse click away, which tends to make life a tad more fretful when you ignore them. I agree about creative people, they put their lives out there with whatever art form they’re working with. And there’s always going to be people ready to tear them down about it too. I know I’m way to hard on myself, I probably have a few issues with trying to show people that I can do something. Funny thing is the people who need to know are long dead. Crazy eh? Venting is good and thanks for the love Tami.
      Cheers
      Laurie.๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. doverwhitecliff

    Laurie, you are an awesome human being…even the roos know it. Remember Churchill… If you’re going through hell, keep going. We got your back. Don’t give in. The world is a much better place with you and your roos in it! Big hugs!

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Why thank you, that’s, well very nice of you. Well the roos are exceptional creatures, they know the good guys.๐Ÿ˜‰ it’s funny, I’ve been involved in the personal hells of many people in my various jobs and they’re easy to work with. It’s when you’re in your own that the difficulties arise. I’ll keep going.
      Thanks for the hugs.
      Laurie.

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  20. risinghawk

    My friend, how your words reflect so much of my life – I could not express it so eloquently, though. I’m fighting on, posting less frequently, though I think somewhere in some hidden place I may have given up. I hope you can touch the flame once again, feel the fire inside, and I look forward to your return. Peace . . .

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Greg, how nice to hear from you. It’s hard to keep up the output when you’re down, especially when the spark has gone. It’s also hard when your body and mind just refuse to play ball. I’m beginning to think it’s all about life’s purpose, how far one has come yet having done little to leave some mark on the world. Something to think about I guess. Peace to you Mate.

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      1. risinghawk

        Your contributions are great, and have not gone unnoticed by me, and a lot of others. It is ironic how those who have given so much are so often the ones not to see it. I know the body and mind thing so well – today was another one of those days. I cannot tell you how much I value your presence, and you probably wouldn’t believe it, anyway๐Ÿ˜‰ All you have to do is just talk, and I will be grateful for it. Peace . . .

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      2. laurie27wsmith Post author

        Your words tell me how much my presence is valued Greg, I just haven’t realised it up to now. There’s an ocean of great blogs out there and I think that I’m paddling in the rock pools as it were. Now I know that people really care and it makes a difference. I’ve come close to shutting the whole show down a few times. I opted out of linkedin (been there for a few years) dropped out of photography groups etc, yet I couldn’t delete WP. Must be a message there. Keep up your good work and spread the peace.
        Laurie.

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      3. risinghawk

        Stay here with us if you can – I know that I need your presence in my world, and clearly many others share that appreciation. I have shut my blog down once – deleted over 300 posts – then just started all over again. I don’t ave many people that actually look at what I write, probably never will, but I have some friends here. Peace . . .

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      4. laurie27wsmith Post author

        I’ll do my best Greg, this is an eye opener for me. I thought I was just publishing a blog and it seems that it’s reached people on many levels. It’s easy to hit that button and walk away. Look, it’s not the amount of people who read your stuff it’s the people who it connects with. If that’s one to a hundred then it’s more than before. I used to be happy when I received spam, at least people were reading what I’d written, well some crawler bot with a liking for my stuff was and sent me very odd sites to visit.๐Ÿ™‚ Peace to you Greg, have a good one.
        Laurie.

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      5. risinghawk

        You touch so many souls – you have no idea. Count me as the “one.”๐Ÿ™‚ Peace and happiness to you, may the clouds part.

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    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Hey Stefy, I only have to think of Italy and your smiling face comes to mind. My positivity keeps getting mugged although not as much. Extremely large hugs right back at you.
      Laurie.

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