The path ahead

Today was a pretty laid back day.

Up early, then out the door to work the store today.

The store wasn’t busy, but it was steady. It was slow enough that I was able to get some more reading done for school, as well as working on a couple pieces for work.

After I got home I headed downstairs and got just over a mile in on the treadmill. After being as sedentary as I was at the store today I felt like I needed to move and stretch.

Otherwise, there’s not a heck of a lot going on. I’m kind of in that lull between summer programming ending and fall programming beginning. It’s looking like if not overly busy, September should at least be steady for me. It will be nice having regularly scheduled meetings and events to punch into the calendar.

The only real concern I have right now is moving into fall. August to December are never my good months. That said, I did get tripped up at the end of July, but I managed to recover pretty quick. It’s something I will have to keep an eye but nothing to be worried about at this point.

The fact that my moods have been as stable as they have and that I’ve been able to get back into, and stay in, my workout routine speak volumes about where my head is at.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt this at ease. The hard work I’ve been putting in has been paying off. I am solidly on the path to mental health recovery.

I can’t lose my vigilance though, I know how fast things can change to send me careening down the slope of the illness. I can’t rest on my accomplishments either. I’ve grown. I’ve pushed hard. I’ve pushed through my comfort zone, and as a result my comfort zone is changing. I need to keep pushing, keep growing, or I’m going to stagnate.

It will be a balancing act, but one I know I can accomplish. I’m looking forward to taking on the challenges ahead.


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