Time to change

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  1. Fluffymetal profile image79
    Fluffymetalposted 8 years ago

    I need to change almost everything about my life.  Basically get a new one. I've recently battled with drugs, smoking, depression, love, moving.  I have no job. I just moved from Mississippi to Corpus Christi, TX, and I'm about to move to San Antonio.  I'm lost.  Any suggestions?  I'll be 33 this month.  It's time for a change.  I need support, and I feel pathetic posting this in a forum.

    1. K Partin profile image59
      K Partinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If you have battled drugs, smoking, depression, love and moving and have succeeded, then what an accomplishment! The worst would be over as far as I can see, I congratulate you. Don't feel pathetic at all feel proud of yourself for what you have made it thru already! I support you, and things will get better. You'll see. I hope nothing but the best for you. smile

      1. Fluffymetal profile image79
        Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you so much!  smile

        1. K Partin profile image59
          K Partinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          anytime! smile

        2. K Partin profile image59
          K Partinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I have to go do my podcast now....so you better keep smiling and I'm very proud of you!! See you soon back on the forums! smile

          1. Fluffymetal profile image79
            Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            smile

    2. Buck Steiner profile image57
      Buck Steinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, things are looking up for you, tacos are cheap in San Antonio.

      1. figment profile image82
        figmentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        LOL smile

    3. Misha profile image71
      Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nah, it's not pathetic. There are quite a few people here who are always ready to provide support - as you just saw.

      I take it you don't have anybody to care about - this both simplifies and complicates the things. Just take your time to figure out your life. It does not come on the spot usually, it takes some time. Just let it. Trust in yourself, and in the power that guides you, whatever name you want to give it. smile

      As soon as you are ready for opportunities, they will come - or rather opportunities are always here, we just need to get ready to see them. Get ready smile

      1. Fluffymetal profile image79
        Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        smile

  2. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 8 years ago

    Changes are always good, even you can't see that right now.Go ahead and do your changes! smile

    1. Fluffymetal profile image79
      Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm just at "that" place, at the end of one road and the beginning of many  others. Choices scare me. Chaos scares me more.

      1. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Don't be scared. Even if it looks like chaos, everything fits on place in the end.
        I had a lot of changes in my life,and all of them began with chaos. It's always that way.

        1. K Partin profile image59
          K Partinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          tantrum is right, it always seems top work out in the end! And for the good too!! smile

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I agree the chances you take should be from your heart, not your head, you are free in a free land. Just go for it! smile

        2. Fluffymetal profile image79
          Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          thanks tantrum.  You are so right.  I can't seem to keep chaos out of my life.  I feel it fading away and something else taking its place.  Mississippi was full of chaos.  I have none of that here in TX.

          1. K Partin profile image59
            K Partinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            See a whole new beginning already! smile

          2. tantrum profile image61
            tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            You'll be fine!
            As I always say :
            Relax & Enjoy ! lol

      2. Rochelle Frank profile image93
        Rochelle Frankposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Choices, changes and chaos scare all of us-- fear of the unknown is universal. The unknown is also the residence of opportunity and discovery.
        Keep your eyes open, your mind and heart partly open. There's certainly something good out there for you.

  3. ediggity profile image59
    ediggityposted 8 years ago

    Go to church.  God will help you find your way.

    1. Fluffymetal profile image79
      Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You are right.  I need to find my faith again.

      1. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You only have to find your faith in you.

        1. Shadesbreath profile image81
          Shadesbreathposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I agree. 

          I'm glad to hear you took action.  You wrote a poem as I recall, that captured how trapped you felt where you were.  To me, it sounds like you are already taking action to remedy things.  You've already begun taking control.  Recognize your initiative and give yourself credit for it.

        2. Misha profile image71
          Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          ditto smile

      2. ediggity profile image59
        ediggityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Then go do it.  You said it is time for change.  If you don't do it, you're not changing.

        1. Fluffymetal profile image79
          Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I will.  Thanks for support

      3. Cagsil profile image81
        Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        The only faith you need IS in yourself. No church required! wink

        1. Pandoras Box profile image70
          Pandoras Boxposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I second that. Don't be misled by your desire to live well and do good in your life.

          Other than that, I'm proud of ya, for posting it and for wanting it.

  4. wyanjen profile image81
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    big_smile
    Choices aren't scary, they're easy.
    Just trust your gut. It's never wrong!

    1. Fluffymetal profile image79
      Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I have a past of making the worst of choices -- part of what I need to change!  Thanks for support

      1. wyanjen profile image81
        wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I forgot to say - don't feel pathetic about posting this. If nothing else, this is a good place to get things off your chest wink

        I'm wondering if it really is change that you are looking for. With everything that you've gone through, maybe you just need some solid ground to stand on - to figure out exactly who you are and what you want to be doing.

        When I got out of my marriage, and lost my house, I was completely terrified. I had nothing left except my job. But I got back on my feet just fine.
        You'll hear people say life turned out better after all the changes and chaos - and that sounds cliché but it's the truth.

        Good luck with it all - you'll find a way through.

  5. PackSecure profile image60
    PackSecureposted 8 years ago

    My life has changed so much in the past 3 years, my head is still spinning.  Change can be good.  I am in a MUCH better place in my life now.

    Take baby steps and make sure to remember to enjoy the present.  Don't just focus on the future.

    Good Luck.

    Mary

    1. Fluffymetal profile image79
      Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks

  6. Lisa HW profile image66
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I guess what comes to my mind after reading your thread is that you're younger than you realize you are.  You have your whole life ahead of you, and it seems you're already planning to build the kind of life you want (or build yourself into the person you want to be).

    Don't make the mistake a lot of people who have past their thirtieth birthday make, which is to feel as if "their story is all written".  These days, especially with drug-abuse as common as it is and with the economy what it is, it often takes people until they're in their early thirties to really "get on their feet" (emotionally, financially, etc.) - so keep in mind that you're a lot younger than you realize you are, and go into that new life with the new maturity you now have.    Good luck.  Stay strong.  Decide not to let anyone or anything else (past, present, or future) define who and what you are as a person.   smile

    Take each choice you make one thing at a time.  Evaluate how, if at all, any one thing ever helps move you toward your aims (and toward something positive); and aim for the things/choices that go with your aims.  Keep in mind that even the smallest things can add up to making a big difference in the overall picture, so no wise choice is ever too small to have potential.

    1. Fluffymetal profile image79
      Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

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  7. Rafini profile image86
    Rafiniposted 8 years ago

    Hey fluffy, I think you answered your own question!  Here's my take on your situation:

    You said you've made poor choices in the past, therefore, choices are scary.  You also said you don't like chaos.  Here's my answer based on what you've said:

    Take it one step at a time, one day at a time.  Always remember, today is the first day of the rest of your life.  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Combat the chaos and poor choices by organizing your thoughts in a daily journal, creating a list of pro's and con's before making a decision, and encourage yourself to take your time.  If you cant decide today, there's always tomorrow.

    I also would like to say:  There is nothing pathetic about positive change. smile

    1. figment profile image82
      figmentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sometimes we need to stop talking and start listening.  smile

      1. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah ! Just take care who are you listening to. I hope with all my heart that everything goes OK .  Believe only in yourself. You're the only one who will not let you down. Take care !

  8. blondepoet profile image74
    blondepoetposted 8 years ago

    Fluffy please do read my hub on recovery from addiction, I have been at the lowest of the lowest places, basically in the gutter and have bounced back.
    It is all about believing in yourself, taking one step at a time, and seeing something more for yourself at the end of the tunnel. xo

  9. Rafini profile image86
    Rafiniposted 8 years ago

    fluffymetal, I also wanted to applaud you for having the courage to seek support while considering major changes in your life.  You've got a good head on your shoulders, now all you need is to take your time and weigh your options before making choices and decisions.

    (((hugs))) and good luck! smilesmile

  10. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 8 years ago

    Keep a positive attitude and change one thing at a time...things will get better...there is always a PA wine trail if you are ever in the area smile

  11. Beth100 profile image75
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    Fluffy, all change is good.  As said above, fear of change is universal and normal.  You're not pathetic, you're strong for asking for support and guidance.  It takes more courage to come from where you have and admit to the world who you are.  You're strong, and you already know that.

    One day at a time.  One step at a time.  One decision at a time.  Take your time, there is never a rush.  Trust yourself.  Believe in yourself.  You will build your confidence within. 

    Remind yourself everyday of one huge challenge that you have overcome.  And you will see that you have suceeded and you will continue to succeed.

    For me, when chaos and confusion binds my mind, the Serenity Prayer does wonders.  smile  ((HUGS))

  12. yoshi97 profile image63
    yoshi97posted 8 years ago

    The change you speak of would be a *reinvention* of yourself. And thankfully, all humans are capable of this.

    To start with, consider a new hobby to whittle away your idle time, as idle time often allows for one to slide back into old ways. Be certain it's a hobby that involves creating something, so you can relish in your newly found ability!

    Next, schedule a date with yourself, at least once every week. Take yourself out to dinner, to a movie, to any place other than home. Being around people will help keep you from isolating, and you could meet new and exciting people in the process.

    Look in the mirror every morning and tell yourself, 'Regardless of what I once might have been, I'm a great person today!'

    Look in the mirror every night and tell yourself, 'I survived another day, so I know I can survive one more!'

    These small changes will push you toward larger ones, allowing you to swing your life full circle to where you want to be. I know, as this was a course I once followed myself.

    Above all, love yourself and worry not about what others think. So long as you determine your decisions and your motivations to be pure then others will see this in time and flock to be your friend.

    And above all, don't look to support groups for your sole existence. While these groups are good and often recommended, you need to believe that the power to change comes from within. As such, depending on others to provide change for you will only wind up in failure.

    You can do this. And how do I know this? Because you have already taken the first step by trying to see what you could do different to improve your life!

    Now, go gettem! smile

    1. Fluffymetal profile image79
      Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Great advice...thanks

  13. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    I also recommend...look at one problem at a time rather than looking at everything all at once otherwise everything does seem overwhelming and anxiety, panic etc. sets in skewing our vision. As everyone has said, one step and one day at a time. smile

  14. Fluffymetal profile image79
    Fluffymetalposted 8 years ago

    You have all been so helpful.  I thought this would be an empty forum.  Thank you for all the advice.  I may write a hub about such hubber support.

    http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/9645/300312ie5rkoiyz721xh8.gif

  15. Betty Reid profile image61
    Betty Reidposted 8 years ago

    Fluffymetal, thanks for starting this thread.  It's time for me to change too, although I have not been through the things you have experienced.  The advice about taking one step at a time is exactly what I needed to hear.  You've helped me out tonight, and you should not feel pathetic at all.  Good luck in San Antonio!

  16. thisisoli profile image70
    thisisoliposted 8 years ago

    I hope life settls down for you soon!

    Church is for those who need to misplace their fears, you have conquered them already, a much more enviable goal which is infinately harder to achieve.

    You have done well so far, and by moving, changing, and learning in new environments, I am sure life will pick up for you soon!

  17. H.C Porter profile image78
    H.C Porterposted 8 years ago

    Change, sounds to me as if you have already done a great deal of changing-love, drugs, moving etc. Because of all the change you have already taken on, maybe the next step is to breathe-and reflect on what you have experienced thus far. You have to take time to reflect on experiences in order to learn from them, and truly grow from them, as a person-then decide what's next based on what your wants & needs are as an individual. Surround yourself with positive thoughts & people, so you aren't packaging yourself or setting yourself up to fall.
    May I inquire your reasoning for all the moving?

    1. Fluffymetal profile image79
      Fluffymetalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i moved from ms to get away from old places, people, and things and to be closer to my family who all reside in TX.  My dad will be moving to San Antonio in June, and I will be moving with him.  He's in in recovery and recently divorced. I want to be there for him and vice versa.

  18. Fluffymetal profile image79
    Fluffymetalposted 8 years ago

    I'm going to write a hub about your inspiring posts of change.  Thank you.  Anymore words of wisdom are welcome...

 
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