How do you not get depressed when you feel like you wasted so many years of what could have been a good life?

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The key to a happy life is living in the moment. Make this moment good instead of concentrating on the moments you have no control over

Smackedwithalunchbox

Do something to make yourself or your life better now. Like the (allegedly Chinese) proverb: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second-best time is now.

MakeItHappenSergant

Oh, I still get depressed. The key to moving forward is moving forward. The statement seems silly, but think about it. If you dwell on the past, you’ll hold yourself back from the future. Now, a good chunk of that dwelling is seemingly inescapable, so you’ve got to find some sort of vice to help pull you out of the hole. Once you’ve done that, you can start working towards goals you never thought you’d accomplish. I wasted years doing hard drugs and it kinda sucked. I often wish I’d just skiied instead, but nobody wanted me to ski and drugs became my life. Cannabis is beneficial, but I had to leave all that other stuff in the past. *sniffles* Even cocaine. But I got goals and if I’m partying all night doing hard drugs or eating psychedelics I’ll probably never accomplish them. So, don’t look back. My goals now aren’t an endless party surrounded by fellow miscreants. But a cozy mountain cabin, a nice garden, good skiing, and a decent living. I couldn’t give half a fuck about the party lifestyle. I used to snort lines, now I send them. Just gotta keep on keepin’ on, and stop making the same mistakes. I learned that with drugs. Also, never let anyone be a dipshit to you over your past issues, they’ve probably never been through it and couldn’t walk half a mile on a sunny day. Keep yo head up.

NotYourSnowBunny

Forgive your past self. They did the best they could with what they had, even if you wouldn’t make the same choices again. And remember that life is so much longer than you think. A person turning 65 has about 20 years of life left. It is very rarely too late.

i_am_the_archivist

Do yourself a favor and read “The Power of Now”. The present moment is all we have and all that we’ll ever have.

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