17861614_10154742802067862_6026715159815666406_nI’m Miri, and I like to do things. I know that sounds kind of silly–doesn’t everyone like to do things?

Not necessarily. I’ve struggled with depression since I was 12–I’m 26 now. In those 14 years there have been a lot of times during which I was too depressed to care about doing anything, or to get much out of it even if I did. Thanks to a lot of personal effort and a small daily dose of medication, I’m not very depressed anymore. Now I’m reveling in the joy of doing.

Besides depression, I also have narcolepsy, a very misunderstood condition that’s a lot less treatable than depression is. I take medication for that too, but I’m still, for the most part, very tired and sleepy all of the time. People who don’t know better often tell me, “If you’re so sleepy, why don’t you just take a nap?” Fun fact: narcolepsy is triggered in part by feeling relaxed, and no amount of sleep can make it feel better. (Some folks with narcolepsy do benefit from very brief and controlled naps, but sadly I’m not one of them.) The only thing that does help–besides my meds–is just staying active and engaged and focused on something interesting.

The day I passed my motorcycle exam was one of the proudest of my life 😀

I enjoy using my limited time mindfully and intentionally. I do all of the things I do for a reason, whether that’s knowledge, health, a clean house, a cause I believe in, tasty bread for my friends, a sense of connection with my community, or just plain fun.

The other piece of this is that two years ago, I moved from New York City to Ohio for work. I was miserable about it at first, and I hated having to give up the city I loved so much for the sake of getting a job. But I was surprised to find that central Ohio is actually a really exciting, creative, artistic, progressive, and welcoming sort of place. I realized that in order to make a good life here and keep myself from regretting my decision, I’d have to throw myself into this the same way I once threw myself into life in New York. A lot of my posts on here will chronicle some of my adventures throughout the place I now happily call home.

I started this blog because I thought it’d be fun to be able to look back on all the things I’ve done. If others get something out of reading this, that’s even better!

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