This post’s title is not to be taken to heart. It’s kind of reverse psychology. I truly understand and know what darkness is, therefore I feel I can write this without any shame. It should have been “How not to drown,” but for some reason, sometimes we need to hear things in a different light to change a pattern that hurts us. This is a conversation I had with my dad with whom, of course, I have a lot in common. We both like our alone time, we both enjoy teaching and meaningful human interaction, but when we are alone we tend to ruminate a bit too much and start drowning. So, this is how to drown:
- Make sure you have a whole day to yourself to ruminate and make sure you dig up memories of all those mistakes you think you made.
- Make sure one negative thought leads to another. (I suggest this is accompanied by very sad background music.)
- Think of only sad things.
- Look at old pictures and brood about how old you’ve become.
- Think about all the what ifs.
- Compare your life with others. (Even if they have nothing to do with you.)
- When you’re in this spirit of drowning, don’t answer the phone and if possible take to bed.
- Don’t answer e-mails or check your phone to make sure you punish the world. Yes, all those who care about you!
- Dig deep into all those sad childhood losses and stay there for a long time.
- Don’t try to escape the memories, bathe in them until it hurts so much you believe your future is doomed too.
- Don’t try to call anyone who might cheer you up.
- Think about how you’ve wasted your life.
- Be mean to yourself by being self-deprecating, self-sabotaging, self-loathing and self-defeating.
- Don’t let gratitude enter your mind. That will steer you away from your mission to drown.
And I can’t add anymore or I’ll start drowning. Now, put a positive spin on each of the above and KEEP living! Don’t Drown!