It can be a real pain in the ass, to constantly adjust to a mis-behaving brain. All that adjustment can burn you out. And that’s pretty much what’s happening to me. I’m doing a lot, and I’m making great progress. But I’m also wearing myself down, and the more tired I get, the harder everything becomes, and the worse my brain mis-behaves.
And the more I have to adjust and adapt.
Which takes more time and energy.
Man, oh, man… there is so much I want to do. And it’s all good.It’s not only for me- it’s for others, as well. But I’m pushing myself too hard and too long, and it’s burning me out. To the point where I just want to walk away from it all. Take the $700 I have in the bank and just split. Forget about everything I am planning, all the things I want to do and experience, and just say “screw it all”. Just leave. And never look back.
Part of me feels like it should be enough for me to just be functional. To just get through the day and find some enjoyment in my life. Who cares about making a difference in the world? It’s never going to work, anyway.
That’s what the tired-out voice in my head is saying, these days.
You know, it’s funny… Now that I look at things, I realize that I may be getting sucked into someone else’s idea of what “awesome” is. I’ve been spending a fair amount of time thinking about and planning launching a formal business for all my various undertakings… really becoming independent in whole new ways. The thing of it is, that’s probably not the way I should go. I should probably not aim for total independence, because I know as well as anyone that if I go solo and have the chance to withdraw from the world, I will. I’ll isolate. I’ll stop interacting with anyone outside my immediate circle. I will stop being social, and I will hide myself away like a hermit.
Is that really the best thing for me? Or my business?
I need to be out and about. I need to be social. It forces me to improve, to be better, to interact. And it’s good for me and my brain.
My tired-out brain…. That gets fixated on a Single Idea — in this case, becoming independent in every sense — and telling the rest of the world to go screw. That gets worn out and desperate and frustrated and starts fantasizing about some pretty much impossible/implausible goal off in the future, which takes me away from my present.
Good grief. All along, I’ve been convinced that I was working towards a cohesive goal… when I’ve actually been burned out and pushing myself harder and harder to Get There, just to keep the pain and frustration and anxiety at bay.
I don’t want to be 100% independent and blocked off from the rest of the world. I want the freedom to experiment and try things and relax… and not have to work 18 hours a day, every single day. I want to be able to kick back and enjoy the progress I’ve made… enjoy the process of doing all the things I love to do. I can’t keep putting all that pressure on myself to “execute my plans”, day after day.
I need to stop doing this to myself. I need a break.
So I can quit burning myself out.
That’s a bad habit.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have fun, every now and then?
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Broken-Brilliant, being that I perceive this to be the first post ever in your TBI blog, I’d like to know more; for instance: how did you come by your TBI, what kind of business do you work within, for how long have you been a traumatic injury SURVIVOR, etc… Can you please tell me how to interact with you regarding these and some other questions that might arise?
I too am a TBI survivor in my 27th year since the injury was incurred and have commentary on what you’ve written here. Need to be cautious though, as it would be a one sided conversation [yes .. no?] and the questions would probably receive no response.
I’m curious …
Hi there – actually, I’ve been blogging here for a number of years. You can find more information about me here: https://brokenbrilliant.wordpress.com/about/
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Thank you for your support and the work you do
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You are very welcome,and thank you as well!