A Few of My Favorite Things #5

I’m on a boat!

No, really. I’m on a cruise. So! This is a pre-written post whilst I am on holiday with my Darling Wife and the in-laws!

So, while I’m gone for six days and seven nights, or something like that, I thought I’d run through a few of my favorite coping mechanisms.

Today’s is my secondary coping mechanism: my friends.

Over the last decade, there have been some very tumultuous times for me. Homelessness and moving, third floor walk-ups and a futon in a beloved friends’ garage. Moving to Texas and Skyping movies with DW or chatting with friends like J and Bill6 while halfway across the country. Moving back in my Camry, with a complaining cat riding shotgun. My best friend becoming my wife, my father’s sudden passing, the new apartment.

So much has changed.

My friends have been true-blue buddies. So many have stood with me since my diagnosis last fall. Can it have only been last fall? I still have the dregs of anger, swirling like tea leaves at the bottom of a china cup, when I think about the diagnosis of being bi-polar. But that is something I will deal with later.

Right now, I speak of the friends that have helped me when I needed it, when I could barely ask for it. Without them, I absolutely would not still be here.

So. To them, I say thank you.

What’s one of your go-to coping mechanisms? These have been my top five: myself, reading, writing, baking, and my friends.

Take your meds, folks!

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