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Old 11-25-2012, 04:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Serenity is what? Happiness is it possible?

Happiness is a warm gun (song from when?). What is happiness? Do you pursue it or is it a by product of life?

Serenity often considered and seldom found?

What do people think?

Here is one recipe for serenity.....



Or is life just as simple as this.....



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I suffer from depression. Lately it`s been off the scale. I can`t stand the medication, Lorazepam, it turns me into a zombie so I don`t take it unless things get really medieval. I`m also one of these stubborn gits who won`t ring any of the helplines or talk to anyone about it, because I`m a bloke and we don`t do that.

The best therapy is to spend time doing what you like and spending time with friends. I`ve been pretty selfish and done 11,000km`s on my Sprint in 10 weeks, touring with my good friends. There is no better thing for the soul than a motorbike and an open road. It works. It really does.
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I suffer from depression. Lately it`s been off the scale. I can`t stand the medication, Lorazepam, it turns me into a zombie so I don`t take it unless things get really medieval. I`m also one of these stubborn gits who won`t ring any of the helplines or talk to anyone about it, because I`m a bloke and we don`t do that.

The best therapy is to spend time doing what you like and spending time with friends. I`ve been pretty selfish and done 11,000km`s on my Sprint in 10 weeks, touring with my good friends. There is no better thing for the soul than a motorbike and an open road. It works. It really does.
There is no easy answer to the common cold of ''depression''. 1 in 4 people have a mental health issue in their lives apparently.

I have battled this, but over time it has been defeated! I still have down times but through being honest about it and the support of loved ones it has departed in it's virulent form. No pills, no bull and many less problems for me - but it is a very very hard road.

Take care mate and God bless you.

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There is no easy answer to the common cold of ''depression''. 1 in 4 people have a mental health issue in their lives apparently.

I have battled this, but over time it has been defeated! I still have down times but through being honest about it and the support of loved ones it has departed in it's virulent form. No pills, no bull and many less problems for me - but it is a very very hard road.

Take care mate and God bless you.

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Thanks mate, it will be fine. I really feel for those that suffer it and don`t have a motorbike to set them free. God, that would suck!

It`s a sad fact of life but when you pass 40, the black dog likes to visit.
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I'm a nurse in a locked psych unit. My Sprint ride to work keeps me an employee and not a patient. I think depression hits more people than will admit.
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Happiness is a warm gun (song from when?). What is happiness? Do you pursue it or is it a by product of life?

Serenity often considered and seldom found?

What do people think?

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Pregnant questions. The Greeks of old spent volumes on this subject.

For me, while I recognize that knowing thy self; staying true to myself; and, balancing my physical, religious, social, and intellectual needs is the key to allowing serenity to occur, my problem is a fickleness of dispostion; hence, serenity (rare peacefulness) is indeed rare.

Riding often produce a near-serenity, certainly clears the head, but as to whether it's genuine or long-lasting is another story.

Your question as to whether one can purposefully pursue happiness/serenity is something to ponder. My experience has been that I have to set myself up for the possibility of it to ever happen.

My day has been a delight when I've spent time with God, have exercised in some way, have been around a friend(s), have read something engaging, and of course, ridden.

Time to get off this here computer and do just that.
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My day has been a delight when I've spent time with God, have exercised in some way, have been around a friend(s), have read something engaging, and of course, ridden.
wise words Paul, goes for me too !

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PS Welshrob - you're definitely not on your own stay safe and enjoy life ''down under'' mate
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You can't see the bike in this photo, but trust me, it's right behind me. I really enjoy mixing photography with my riding as it gives me even more of an excuse to just stop and enjoy a scene for awhile. Stuff like this is spiritual for me, no one within miles having a scene like this all to myself. For these moments everything is right. While these moments are unfortunately not sustainable all of the time, their memory and hope for more get me through the tough times.

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