Can't someone out there make me laugh??

I’m trying very, very hard to kick my own ass.

I have sunk down deep into a dark place that I’m finding it hard to climb out of.  I know that others in this world (and around me) have far more reason to be sad, but my heart just won’t listen to me.  I am looking for a light, for a way out of this, but it’s hard to find.

Oh, I know it will happen.  I know I’ll rise up out of this hole and feel the warm sunshine on my face very soon.  I know I will.

But it’s not today.

And so an attempt to help myself I am reaching out.  What do YOU do when you’re in the dumps?  When your body is begging you to put it to bed – to pull the covers over your head and sleep until you can sleep no more.

What do you do?   (For God’s sake someone please make me laugh…..) 


Auntie Pam said...

I was in a dark place last night, too. I thought alcohol would help, and I went up to my local bar. Despite the camaraderie, I still had the sense to know that I was over the limit. That's when I decided to do what I have never done before: I took a cab home.

Sure enough, there was a police road block on the street on the way home, but since it was a cab, they waved me past. I arrived home safely without incident. This was both a great relief and surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don't even know where I got it from and, now that it is in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.

Kirsten - PreK teacher said...

I laughed out loud watching this!


Kirsten - PreK teacher said...

Whoops! I meant this link:


It's longer and well, funnier!

Strong_Focus said...

I listen to my my body. I have one night of pity party that involves carbs, vino, and maybe a Ryan Gosling topless montage. I go to bed in my fave pjs, under the influence of that lemon neocitran drink.

Then I get the hell up the next day, shower, get my shit together and kick ass.

Embrace a night of dark. Makes the light of day that much more beautiful.

smilinjo said...

Reading/rereading some Erma Bombeck usually helps me to feel better. :)

Japolina said...

My instinct is to stay in pjs, eat crap and lay in bed watching bad tv. BUT what usually makes me feel better is to have lunch or drinks with a friend or going for a walk. Just get busy doing anything other than wallowing Xo

Razmataz said...

I always need something to look forward to when I am feeling blue. A night out with friends is always good.

Michelle said...

This won't make you laugh but starting exercising it will help your mood. I walk 30 minutes every day. It helps with stress and depression. Benefits; you lose some weight, sleep better. You just feel better all around.

Sarah said...

The six-year-olds ALWAYS make me laugh...

Sharon K said...

I re -read a post from one of my favorite bloggers where she described her mother's framed poem titled "Today". A lot of wisdom in that poem.

Anonymous said...

Probably won't make you laugh...but I go out in my yard and prune something. Debby

MellyJBeans said...

Aww - VM, I feel Ur pain! I know U luv some physical activity & of course that helps (grumble grumble), so I figure U are wanting more than the usual, annoying wellness tips. I say wallow and soak in the darkness of Ur mood! Celebrate Ur feelings - happy & sad & funky, make Urself a plate of eggs in Ur favorite style - mine is over easyish/medium with bacon bits and shredded super sharp cheese, salt & pepper, write in Ur journal, wear Ur softest, warmest cozy clothes, watch some brainless tv, search the net for blogs or articles that give comfort to your current situations. Please know that your fans love you and use YOU to make it all better for them - I know this because YOU give me comfort when I'm blue. Thank you for sharing your life & your words, your heart with us.

James Heiney said...

I just absolve myself of all guilt, drop the baggage at the door, and start fresh. That or a Marx Brothers movie ;)

Expat mum said...

You should allow yourself some bed time first, then read something by Laurie Notaro and watch stuff on Wimp.com.

Mike said...

In my teens, when I was sad, I ate. Then in my twenties, I was sad because I had to diet. Food took a back seat to porn, and by my thirties I should've owned stock in the petroleum jelly market.By my forties, I was sad that I turned forty and aside from the pain of heavy chafing, also felt depressed. Now for the serious part of the story. (there is some truth to all this. Not mentioning what) By 45, I decided to pursue something I enjoyed--writing. Although it's made me no money. I've had a few novels published. Point is, you can't dread your life. The only way out of a hole is to climb out, no matter what it takes. Although, I must say, I do enjoy lying in bed sometimes and pretending the outside world doesn't exist. haha

ChiTown Girl said...

Hmmm...you need a laugh you say?

Check your inbox for a picture of me in my bikini.

I'll be following that up with a copy of my checking account balance... :-/

Let me know if you need more than that.


Alissa said...

This works to help give me perspective....basically when you look at the Earth like this, all our troubles seem so little:


Kyddryn said...

A skeleton walks into a bar, orders a beer and a mop.

That's one of my favorite little jokes.

Sorry. I don't have much in me right now...I hope you find your way out soon...no one should have to linger in the beiges.

Shade and Sweetwater,
K (Part of my word verification is 666)

Formerly known as Frau said...

Do something for you something that makes you HappY!! (hugs)

Marissa said...

1) restock batteries in household appliances (the remotes, yeah, that's it...)

2) buy really good chocolate (I can enjoy less and get more endorphins out of the good stuff)

3) treat yourself to a massage--see if local college has massage therapist students who need hours for program completion

4) get sunshine--even if it's cold out, bundle up and get sun in your system

5) challenge yourself to score a great deal on whatever for as little money as possible (retail therapy with less guilt--why I coupon--I recommend southernsavers.com for her matchups. She does national stores like cvs target and walgreens)

@ Auntie Pam, I'm rolling over that one!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I suggest going to bed with a large box of chocolate, eat every single bite, then sleep until you can't sleep anymore. Then put on your big girl pants and some lipstick and just do your best. One day at a time. And watch out for skunks. Skunks would really suck right about now.
Oh, and remember how very much we all love you.
Hang in the VM. We're on your side.
xoxo jj

G. B. Miller said...

Hi VM, long time no comment (kind of hard to comment on your posts w/o sounding like a dope).

Usually what does it for me is simply being alone yet being around people at the same time.

My den is located in the basement directly under the floor, so while I can get some much needed alone time, I can also get a little family time in as well.

CLR said...

I can SOOOOOOO relate to this. I've been there. Sometimes I revisit 'there'.

What do I do when the dark hole swallows me in it? I usually succumb. I burrow under a tunnel of six blankets, and wail and moan when the urge strikes. I prefer to do things that will allow me an 'escape' from reality (might include vino, although I am going off of that right now...gotta).

One of the things I am returning to that I'd lost sight of that helped my well-being was getting outside. Even if the weather isn't ideal, fresh air and a bit of wind or sun does wonders. Doesn't hurt that a nice walk is just good for you too.

Hugs. It looks like you're in good company.

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