Depression: Ugh, it’s morning. What’s the point? Nothing to look forward to today. Everything sucks.
Me: Oh, Hi Depression. I see you are still here today. I’m not ignoring you. I see you there waving at me and acting like an impertinent toddler. I know you are trying to bring me down.
Depression: I am not! I am simply trying to get you to see things how they really ARE.
Me: Oh, I know you think you have my best interest at heart, but you do not. Just like a 3 year old, you don’t really know as much as you need to survive in this world. You need to be guided and directed. Otherwise, you are going to take a nose dive off of every cliff you come to, just for fun.
Me: Listen here, Monkey. Today is not going to go your way. I’m going to get up from this bed now (where you’ve managed to convince me to stay since I got up), put on some stretchy pants, wash my face, lace up my sneakers and take my kid for a walk in the woods. I like nature and sunlight and moving my body.
Depression: But, it’s soooo hard. Don’t you want to watch YouTube for a little while longer?
Me: No, I don’t. YOU do. But, I’m in charge here and I’m going for a walk.