A Troubled Mind

So much love for the world, so little love for myself.

Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 9:22 AM

My body is falling apart. My mind is long gone I guess; battered, beaten, completely and utterly exhausted. Barely functioning. I can't even type right now, let alone think. This first paragraph took me 15 minutes to write. And it's barely a paragraph... I can't seem to get out of the doom loop. A million things to do. Hundreds of things with high priority. Too much on my plate. Too many people reliant on me. Too little time for myself. Too much responsibility. Too much weight on my shoulders. ...
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Sunday, Apr 28, 2024 at 3:30 PM

Another day, another catastrophe. I'd be lying if I'd be saying that I'm doing well. I'm not. The walls are closing in, and I don't know where to go or what to do. I'm not a martyr, and I don't intend to become one. The question is, as always, what to do... Don't make decisions when you're angry, they say. And don't make them when you're afraid either. But what to do if you're paralyzed? You can't make a decision in the first place, and that's the problem. Maybe the right decision is to slowl...
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Monday, Apr 15, 2024 at 3:39 PM

I'm doing better now. Not sure why, not sure what helped, not sure if it stays this way. Maybe it's the sum, maybe it's the salt water, maybe it's a little bit of solitude that I managed to create for myself. Maybe it's all of them off. But I am better, and that's feeling good. I would even say that I'm okay right now. Maybe it's just the weather to changed. And I'm not speaking of the external weather, but I'm speaking of the internal weather. Maybe that's just how it is. Sometimes we feel lik...
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Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024 at 9:44 PM

Overwhelming. That's the one word that sums it up best. I'm overwhelmed, and have been for a while. Not a day goes by where I don't break down and cry. Not a day. Today it was good news at first. Something worked out, unexpectedly. I was overwhelmed by positive emotion. It worked out. I couldn't believe it. I was walking out of the building, disoriented, barely able to find my way back to the office. I managed, but not without tears running down my cheeks from under my sunglasses. About two ho...
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Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024 at 2:30 PM

And here I am again. Trying to calm myself down. Trying to enjoy the present moment. Trying to relax. Trying to breathe. But I can't. I'm suffocating. I'm stressed out beyond belief. I'm haunted by the past, worried about the future, planning for disaster that is bound to strike. Hanging on with tooth and nail, trying to hold it all together. Company, finances, family, sanity. "If I don't do X it's all going to fall apart." Or that's what my mind is telling myself. If I keep doing X, where X ...
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Tuesday, Apr 9, 2024 at 11:43 AM

I'm a bit better now. Still sick, still broken, but better. It helped to compost my thoughts yesterday. It really did. All things take time. Healing too. Breaking too, for that matter. It took many years until I truly broke. So why can't I give myself any time to heal? Why is half a day all I give myself? Why not a weekend? Or a week? Or a month? Or a year? I'm feeling well enough today that I'm already slipping back into the same old pattern: endless TODO list. Ready to crush it. Ready to cru...
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Monday, Apr 8, 2024 at 4:49 PM

Water is probably what I need most. Water, silence, and sunlight. Solitude. I'm broken and I need time to heal. I think it was Jim Carrey of all people who mentioned that you'll need "deep rest" if you're depressed. Etymologists are going to hate this play on words, but it stuck with me for some reason. Someone else said that it isn't the water that sinks a boat, but it's the cracks in the hull that let the water in. And someone else said that we all have cracks and that's good, because that's...
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Monday, Apr 8, 2024 at 4:28 PM

I guess I truly am broken, which is why I need a break. But how can I take a break if I don't allow myself to take a break? How, if so many people are dependt on me? How, if things fall apart if I don't tend to them? I guess I'm broken in more ways than one. We probably all are, but knowledge of that is not consolation. That's the thing about the mind: it can know things, and still be helpless. I know, intellectually, what my problem is and what I would need to do to solve it. And yet I can't ...
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Monday, Apr 8, 2024 at 3:26 PM

I'm not sure why I write. I guess it's therapeutic. I probably should go therapy, but I won't. And I'm most definitely not going to take any damn "stabilizers" anymore, whatever that means. The most stable construct in the universe is indiscernable gray goo, and that's what the damn medication turns my mind into. You're alive, alright. But you aren't living. You can't, as everything is gray. I'll take the deep, pitch-black dark of the abyss over dull and boring gray every day of the week. At lea...
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Monday, Apr 8, 2024 at 9:59 AM

Mornings are always the hardest. They always have been, at least for me. Especially during times of overwhelm. Even more so during times overwhelm and sickness. No willingness to get out of bed. No energy to face the day. The agony of waking up. Oh, how sweet it would be to sleep a little longer. Dream a little longer. Hide from reality a little longer. At one time in my life I had days where I didn't manage to get out of bed at all. No food. No shower. No brushing teeth. Maybe I'd manage to ...
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Sunday, Apr 7, 2024 at 5:31 PM

I'm feeling terrible today. Not as terrible as I've felt yesterday, and definitely not as terrible as the day before, but still terrible. I've been sick for a week now, and still am. A deep cough, high fever, snotty nose... the whole nine yards. I'm not well mentally either. I'm not sure if I'm depressed or just stressed. Maybe I'm both. I'm most definitely overwhelmed, that's for sure. I've got too much to do. Too many things to take care of. Too many people to get back too. Too many DMs. To...
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