This year’s Iron Bowl Saturday (the day legendary rivals Alabama and Auburn face each other on the football field) felt like my Thanksgiving do-over. I’ve been sick for most of this week, so sick that I had to stay home on Thanksgiving.  My husband and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving just the two of us, but I was sad I couldn’t spend time with the rest of my family.

Yesterday I vowed to stop being the sick and shut-in and return to life. I ran errands and even did some low impact exercising. Today I was able to host my annual Iron Bowl party with my cousin Tasha and I got to hang out with my mom, aunt, brother, and other cousins, too. I had too much fun (and too much food).

In addition to being sick, I’ve also been in a bit of a funk this week. But a tweet from author, blogger, and teacher Valencia Clay gave me the boost I needed. She wrote: “been crazy depressed this week. it’s some folks out here feeling as alone as I did … you ain’t alone, you’re actually in perfect company. Roll around in your funk for as long as you need, just know when you’re ready for it to be over, it’s over. Just say 3 words: I’m good now.”

I’ve rolled around in my funk. I’ve rolled around in my sickness. But guess what — I’m good now.