Simple Things Pt. IV

Why part four? Well, because I’ve written about the simple things in the past in a book I’m currently editing with Alex. Hopefully it’ll be edited in the coming months but I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself, plus, I don’t want this to be an advertisement. I just wanted to let you know I wasn’t going crazy. This week, I talk about the simple things that make me happy. I’ve been having a rough few weeks and this podcast isn’t a platform for me to vent, but rather a platform to share tips and tricks on how to be happier. So, I want to talk about what’s been making me happier. I hope it can help you like it helps me.

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The Depressed, Anxiety-Filled Thoughts of Scott

Welcome to another episode of Acceptable Madness! This week, I just talk. I know you’re probably thinking, “but Scott, all you do is talk every week.” Well, that’s obviously true, but instead of following some theme, I go over what’s been going on in my life, how it’s been making me feel and how I’ve been trying to cope with it. Depression isn’t a sexy topic, but I think sharing some of the most unpleasant thoughts straight from the source can beincredibly helpful. I hope this episode can give you insight into my head, and proves to you that, no matter what, you’re never by yourself. I care for you. Lots.

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Learning to Stay One Step Ahead

When I started this podcast, it was a mess. The volume was too low, I lost my train of thought to often and I didn’t really know where to put it. Now, one year later, it’s gotten significantly better, so much so that it feels like someone else entirely is making it. The only thing that blows my mind more than that is how different I know it will be in another year.

This week, I talk about learning and how getting better at something can be a rewarding experience that can take your mind off of the depressed thoughts that you might be struggling with.

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What Does it Mean to be Happy?

Since I made this podcast, I’ve explored different aspects of depression and how it has affected me. It hasn’t always been a peaceful ride, and it certainly hasn’t always been fun, but it’s helped me to better understand my mind. While I’ve made all of these revelations, something has stayed constant that I will never be able to escape entirely; I’m still depressed. Recently, I’ve thought a lot about what it actually means to be happy, and wondered if I’ll ever be able to feel what others define as happiness, or if it will be some modified, duller version that I’ll be forced to live until the end of time.

In this episode, I talk about how I feel my life is different from those that don’t struggle with depression, and how difficult it will be to move forward.

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Starting Fresh and Accomplishing Long-Term Goals

I graduated from college in 2017. Since then, I’ve been laid off once, changed apartments three times, changed out of another job, and now I’ve moved to an all new city. On top of that, I start a brand new job tomorrow that is in the field that I studied in college where I’ll meet all new people, responsibilities and challenges. In this episode, I reflect on everything that’s happened to me over the past two years, and how I’m equal parts depressed and excited to see what happens next.

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Living with Consequences

This episode is one that I feel is about an obvious topic, but what it means is often less than ideal. What I mean by this is that – even though we grow as people – some of what we have done in the past will come back to bite us. Not everyone that you talk to while struggling with mental health will understand where you’re coming from, and they might not even accept an apology if what you’ve done or said has really affected them. It’s an unfortunate truth, but one that I think is important to come to terms with, especially while you grow as a person and learn how to build and maintain relationships. In this episode, I talk about how I’ve overcome the damaged relationships that I have, and how I’ve even made efforts to try and repair them.

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Leaving the Comfort Zone

When you graduate college, there only seems to be two choices, career or relationships. After I graduated, I chose relationships and stayed in the town that I went to college in with friends and family that I love. That caused a lot of headache that came in the form of longterm unemployment, followed by a layoff, followed by another bout of longterm unemployment, but I was mostly happy because I was with people that I cared about. That has all changed recently since I moved with Alex to the place that she got her new job. I’ve moved from those I love to a new state entirely and now I’m starting anew, again looking for a job, but this time in a place that I don’t know and with people I’m unfamiliar with. In this episode, I talk about the silver lining that’s revealed itself in this new place that’s being clouded with unfamiliarity and fear.

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Talking it Out

When the world moves at one million miles per hour, it’s easy to let it take you on a ride and go with the motions. During this holiday break, I did just that and did my best to enjoy my time as it was happening. I went to see a bunch of family, got plans figured out before the big move that Alex and I are going on (which will have already happened by the time this episode goes live) and packed. While all of this was happening, I didn’t have much time to sit back and reflect on how I was feeling throughout and if I was actually happy. In this episode, I talk about what has helped me stay level-headed and calm through this hectic time.

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Giving and the Joy it Brings

It’s that time of the year when everyone has something to be grateful for and most people are spending time with their family. In this episode, I’d like to talk about what makes spending that time with loved ones feel so fulfilling, and how even if you don’t have a traditional family, you can still feel happiness in the world around you.

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The Humbling Experience of Being Bad

In this episode, I kinda ramble about being bad at stuff and how it’s actually awesome. When you find something that you like enough to actually do it, being bad is fun because you can see where others are that have been doing it much longer than you, and you can find communities of people that want to see you do better. When friends and family aren’t interested in the same stuff as you, there’s always an online community that will welcome you with open arms.

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The Battle of Arrogance and Modesty

When I was younger, I was a happy-go-lucky kid. Eventually, once puberty hit like a brick to the face, I defended against the impending doom of awkwardness and depression with being overly arrogant, looking back, generally unlikable. In this episode, I talk about why I acted like I was better than everyone else, how that was wrong, how I ended up swinging in the other direction of abysmal self-esteem and how I got to where I am today.

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The Ultimate Stressor

I believe that for many people, money is the ultimate stressor. Having far too much and far too little lead to their own struggles, and in this episode, I dive into the only one that I can talk about, which is the latter. Bills, loans and employment lead to so many difficult truths and issues that it’s only right to talk about them and the experiences with it. I hope this episode can bring some inner peace to someone who’s going through a rough patch.

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Getting to a Place That You Feel Comfortable

Living with mental illness makes everything harder and one of the primary aspects of life that it affects is your ability to take on new, unfamiliar challenges. This week, I talk about how I had a hard time branching out and tackling new experiences, and how, with time and lots of introspection, I was able to look at the upcoming changes with hope and excitement instead of the dread that I had come to know.

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Making Friends Last Longer than Milk

As I reflect on monumental changes in my life, such as going to and then graduating college and changing jobs more times than I’d like to admit, it’s easy to lose track of who matters to you. The people that you see everyday change, and maintaining contact is easy to forget, so how can you connect with those that you no longer see? That’s what I talk about this week (and will continue trying to figure out for the rest of my life.)

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Putting Yourself First

Saying no is hard, especially when the consequence of you saying that short word can negatively impact others, but it’s an important lesson to learn. Not only are there people in the world that will capitalize on your kindness, but there are some things in the world that are meant to take advantage of those that are willing to give 110%. In this episode, I talk about how saying no can take the stress off of your shoulders, and how it doesn’t need to be internalized.

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The Scourge of Man

Technology is great… until it’s not. It’s been such a helpful and amazing tool, opening the world to communication that’s never been seen before. The only downside is that, along with all of the good, it also does an impeccable job at making people feel worse about themselves. Let’s talk about how it does that and how I try to fight it’s negative influences.

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Giving Yourself Purpose and Value

Finding a reason to keep pushing forward in life isn’t always easy. Things are hard, people can be hard to deal with, and the weight of all of that on your shoulders can feel like too much. That’s why this week, I talk about finding a reason to exist in everyday life, even when twists and turns of all shapes and sizes will happen to you until the end of time.

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99 Perspectives and You Got ‘Em

This is the worst episode title of all time. Whatever. What’s done is done. Don’t hate me.

When I was younger, I dismissed basically everyone with differing views from me. I didn’t give people the time of day, and when one of the people that I did grow close to said or did something that I didn’t agree with, I cut ties with them and moved on. Since I’ve been able to start making more meaningful relationships and see the world from many different perspectives, my connections with people are closer, and the world has become a kinder, more welcoming place. In this episode, I talk about the transformation, how it happened and how it’s affected me going forward.

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You Can’t Help Everyone and That Sucks. But That’s Okay.

Oh boy, one episode away from 50. That doesn’t really mean much to me, but I guess it’s something. In this almost impressive milestone of an episode, I talk through a few examples of me not being able to help people struggle through their issues because I was too busy with my own, and how I struggle to not blame myself for it everyday.

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Norman Watches The Lion King

This was the first short I wrote for the subreddit, r/lifeofnorman. I hope you enjoy it even if there are some inaccuracies about the movie!

Scott McMufasa

Norman was feeling nostalgic since Disney has been remaking all of their old movies. He goes to his basement and grabs a dust-covered VCR, bringing it upstairs and plugging it in. After messing around with the inputs to see if the TV needs to be on the Component setting or simply channel three, gets it all set up and inserts an old copy of Lion King.

As the movie starts, he’s hit with immense happiness as he sees all of the characters from his childhood on the screen again. He even sings some of the songs with the cartoon animals, remembering only half the words, but singing loudly as if he knew them all.

When the mischievous Scar starts to show his true colors, the happiness inside Norman dies down and is replaced by this unsettling feeling that he doesn’t understand. It’s been so long since Norman has seen the movie that he doesn’t remember how it ends.

The movie draws to its impactful end, and as Scar dangles Mufasa from a high cliff, Norman bites his nails, a nasty habit he outgrew years ago. Scar drops Mufasa to his inevitable death, but before he hits the ground, Norman shoots to his feet and rips the tape from the VCR.

Shaking, Norman thinks to himself, “this movie is too mature for kids.” He puts the tape back in its case and takes the VCR downstairs, no longer feeling nostalgic.