I had a similar journey with depression and learning to live again, @t-rex. I had to learn ambition again. Money didn’t do much for me (I had earned a lot, then acted a fool, then lost my money and business. I thought I would bounce back quickly, but instead I got physically ill and mentally went into depression for a few years or longer). Nothing seemed a worthy cause to contribute to. I went from idea to idea, finally realizing I loved ideas and people, and that helping others see their ideas come to fruition was a worthy cause.
I was trying to write a blog. I was decent enough at the writing, but not so great at the discipline of getting to my writing. However, I would really get into my interactions in Facebook business groups. I was describing an interaction with my wife and she stopped me. “THIS! THIS is what you need to be doing! You love it, it adds value to both you and those you write to!” So, we figured out how to make that interaction a part of my business (which, I’m thinking, will begin to earn a bit of coin late this year, early January). I’m okay with earning money, it certainly brings options and options are good. But it’s still not my primary drive.
I was going to start posting some of my interactions as blog posts, but started a talk-show instead (doing the show forces me to be accountable in posting, whereas nobody’s expecting any particular blog post). I still copy and paste some of my interactions to keep them handy for later. Sometimes I use them for content, but not in any regular fashion. I keep interacting, tho. It’s a lot less expensive than therapy. And more fun and (a little) more productive, too.
Great to hear your story. Know that you’re not alone. Where are you hosting your community?