Posted in depression, Life

The Up Side of Feeling Down

As my last couple of posts have reflected, I’ve been feeling down, bummed out, blue, whatever you want to call it.  My spirits are better.  I think I’m over the worst and am finally coming out the other side.

I’ve taken a few days off work to lick my wounds and have been doing some house cleaning.  Being in a sour mood has reaped some benefits!  I was going though my closets, gathering items to take to Goodwill and found that with my negative attitude, it was much easier to toss out things that I have been hanging on to!

If it had not been worn in past year, or more, it went.  If it was something I would fit into someday, out it went!  If I just didn’t like it, it was gone.  By the time I was done, I had a HUGE pile of clothes to donate.  With these and other things I had been gathering to donate, I headed to Goodwill with trunk FULL of stuff!

After dropping off my donations, I thought I would wander through the store to see if I could find any treasures.  (just what I need, right?)  So I wandered through the store and picked out a few blouses and a John Wayne DVD (I collect Classic movies).

As I headed to the registers, I realized that there was some big Half Price Sale going on.  I should have been happy right?  Well, no.  Everybody and his brother was standing in line with carts overflowing with merchandise.  There were 2 cashiers.

Normally, I would have headed back into the racks to load up my cart, happy as a clam to take advantage of the sale.

Not today.  I looked at my shopping cart and realized it was not worth my time to stand in line for the few things that I wanted.  With my foul mood, I did not have the energy for it.  I put my few items back and walked out of the store empty-handed.

The advantage of being in a piss poor mood was 2-fold.  I cleaned my closets of things that I had been hanging on to for years and I spent NO money on more “stuff” that I did not need!

Sometimes there really IS an UP side to feeling down! 🙂

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson


Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

13 thoughts on “The Up Side of Feeling Down

  1. Good mood or bad, I would have done what you did. I’ve done it many times – I pick up an item or two that are not life or death and find a 10 minute line. Nope.

    Hope you are getting out of your funk 🙂


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