A few months ago, I fell into a deep depression. I did what I normally do – I retreated to my creature comforts like cookies and Netflix and Facebook for some mindless entertainment but every time I would flip it on I would be inundated with political rants, arguments, and overall negativity.
So I tried to fill my Facebook feed with goofy posts to lighten people’s moods and silly conversations that I had with my son but the onslaught of negativity was unrelenting.
It made me feel worse every time I logged on. So I decided that for my mental health it was best to deactivate my account and I did so without the flashy “Hey everyone! I am deactivating my account! Don’t try and stop me!”
I was gone for almost 2 months.
At first no one really noticed and then when they did, they were angry with me.
“Like how could you block me? What did I do?”
Hockey moms did not speak to me at hockey. Like they flat out ignored me in the bathroom when we were standing right next to each other.
Don’t get me started on the mom’s at my child’s school.
I wanted to scream in their faces “You have no idea what is happening in my life!”
But I kept going with my leave from Facebook because during that time away I immersed myself in things that fed my soul in a positive way. Writing, decluttering my space, scrapbooking, reading books that I have been wanting to read for a long while.
The best part in all of it was: I didn’t hear any of the drama and I wasn’t dragged in any of the drama.
It was glorious.
When I came back, I cleaned my friend’s list and I limit my time on there.
This situation reminds me so much of a book that I read while I was in the throes of my depression and I actually ended up reading this short book twice to be exact – it’s called:
(Extra) Ordinary Inspirational Stories of Everyday People, by Keith Maginn.
This book is a collection of stories of ordinary people like you and I only their life’s road map had a massive mountain planted right in the middle of it – and they had to learn how to climb in order to move on.
From overcoming addiction, loss of child, plane accident – this book shows you that no matter how much we plan, life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to, but that doesn’t mean that we should give up. These people show us that the human spirit is resilient, courageous, and strong.
This book fell in my hands in such timely fashion. It is a very short book and a quick read. I think it is just a wonderful reminder that we never know what any of us are going through and that each and every single one of us is battling something whether it is big or small – we should be mindful to treat everyone with kindness and compassion.
If you’re looking for a feel good, uplifting book – quick one at that – this one is a good choice.
You can purchase Keith Maginn’s (Extra) Ordinary Inspirational Stories of Everyday People here:
Disclaimer: I received a copy of (Extra)Ordinary Inspirational Stories Of Everyday People in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.