Monday, January 19, 2009

Learning from Others

Especially during the early days of my post partum depression, I became very withdrawn. I didn't want to see anybody or talk to anybody because I didn't want to have to pretend everything was fine. While this is slowly changing, I still find myself often hiding behind my internet connection or dreading the ring of the phone. Forget actually making a call. I've begun to realize that this is normal and that, perhaps, what is most difficult about it is that others just don't understand. That's why I was relieved to see someone else write about this withdrawl in a way that sheds a new light on it; a way that makes it seem welcome and ok. In her blog, Live With Desire, Heidi writes about The Courage to Do Nothing and quotes some other writers who talk about the importance of sometimes doing nothing and withdrawing a bit from life around you. I think taking the time to be alone is crucial in recharging our spirits and I'm learning it's ok.