Happy 4th Of July!!!

     Happy 4th of July!!! Today is Independence Day here in the United States of America. I am grateful for our Military Personal because if it wasn’t for them fighting for my freedom’s I wouldn’t be living in one of the best countries in the world. Thank you all for your service!!! 

     I worked today. Yes, that’s the unfortunate thing about working at a grocery store, having to work holidays, even Christmas and Thanksgiving. At least I get paid double time for working today. Today at work we weren’t just busy with our regular customers and customers preparing for their holiday celebrations but busy with a Jehovah Witness convention at a near by college/university football stadium. I guess it is a 3 day event. I didn’t realize this until I wished one of them a Happy 4th of July and it offended them. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Sometimes I get frustrated with Political Correctness. See Jehovah Witness’s don’t celebrate holidays or birthdays and I can respect that because its a part of their religious beliefs. In fact I told on myself to my manager when I was told that I offend the person I was helping. My manager told me not to worry about it because we cant make everyone happy and that we cant know everyone’s religious beliefs unless they tell us or they wear a sign someone on their person.

     Yes, I will be celebrating the 4th of July. In fact I’m at my boyfriends parents house for a 4th of July party they are putting on. Their a lot of people here. Lots of food, fun, games and swimming. In fact my boyfriends parents house has a great view of where the fireworks are going to be shot off. My favorite part is always the fireworks. I do have to say that the firework show in the city I currently reside in is not as good as Disneyland’s fireworks. I grew up in Anaheim and was able to watch the Disneyland fireworks from my backyard, roof and even my front yard. I miss being able to watch the Disneyland fireworks every weekend. Disneyland’s firework show for the 4th of July is always their best firework show. Like I said I’m at my boyfriends parents house at the moment. I’m just taking a break from the crowd. It gets overwhelming at times especially since the symptoms of my PTSD are acting up. I figure that blogging will help ease the overwhelming feeling I am having at the moment. I am enjoying the food. I’m all about being All American when it comes to food on the 4th of July. Just give me a hot dog and I am happy. I had 3 hot dogs and plan on having a steak later on. I cant wait for the fireworks.

     Enough about the 4th of July for moment. I want to discuss the Co-Occurring Disorders training I attended for 3 days. We (me and the other trainee’s) learned about the science of the effects of addiction on the body and brain. I found the science part of it interesting. We also learned a new skill in the training called OPA. OPA stands for Organize. Prioritize. Act. It was created and copyrighted by Martin K. Abdo. To learn more about OPA I encourage you to go to his website http://www.opamentalhealth.com. I  have to say a disclaimer and that is if  that you want to do an OPA group in your practice or mental health agency that you contact Martin K. Abdo yourselves so he can train you to do it properly. In fact I can see myself doing the OPA skill in my everyday life. I learned so much from the training that I’m still trying to process everything I have learned. I guess you can say that I’m still on information overload. I’m grateful that now I can put the training on my resume’.

     Now that I have bored you with my day at work and celebration of the 4th of July as well as the 3 day training I attended, I’m going to end this blog for now. I hope I didn’t bore you with the events of my day and week. I am going to apologize for not blogging yesterday. I feel bad when I don’t blog everyday because I feel like if I don’t then I’m not helping fight the stigma of mental illness nor am I helping those who I struggling with a mental illness. I want to show those who struggle with a mental illness that there is hope and recovery is possible. I also want to show “normies” (normies is just term that means normal people) that people with mental illness live productive lives and are people just like them. I want to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. Well I better end this blog entry for now because I need to go show my face at the party again. Happy 4th of July everyone. Peace out and enjoy the fireworks.

2 responses to “Happy 4th Of July!!!

  1. Gertie –
    I don’t celebrate the Fourth, and I’m one of those who are sick and tired of our Military Personnel (mostly our children) fighting for some other country’s freedoms.
    I lived through air raid drills in the ’50s, the Cuban Missle Crisis, our asses getting kicked in Viet Nam, and the two Holy Crusades against Iraq…
    … and I’m sorry, but the only threats to my (or our) freedoms that I ever thought credible were perpetrated from within:
    if you and your boyfriend stay the course and get married, if you decide you want to wait to have children, the law now says your insurance does not have to cover birth control. If you CAN’T have children ’cause he has a problem with Erectile Dysfunction, they have to.
    That’s just the latest in a long line of freedoms taken from us by our own.
    Some impotent twit says it’s his Constitutional right to carry around a firearm with him wherever he goes, well it’s my God-given right to be able to walk out my front door without having to worry about that asshat going ballistic “standing his ground” against some kid with a bag of Skittles and a bottle of Snapple and me and my wife getting hit by the stray bullets from his high-capacity magazines (which MUST be less dangerous than, say, pot because they’re so safe and legal you can even buy them on-line).
    “… one of the best countries in the world.”
    No doubt.
    The potential to be THE best?
    Slipping and sliding beyond our grasp.

    In Canada and Great Britain and other civilized nations, the therapy some of us need in order to be able to function would be widely available – and FREE – for everyone.

    God needs to help America a lot more than we expect Him to bless it.

    • I agree that some of our freedoms are being taken a way however that’s when we stand up for our freedoms. The cool thing is that you get to choose to not celebrate the Fourth. In some countries people are forced to celebrate their countries holidays. Yes it is sad that people in the US cant get treatment for their mental illness because its too expensive.

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