Vacation is coming… vacation is coming…

Soon...
Soon…

I’ve been working fast and furious, trying to get my act together so I can go away on vacation. I don’t want my job to slip, and I’ve got a big deadline coming up.  It matters to me. On the other hand, I actually don’t care if it comes of 100% without a hitch… because one of the things I’m trying to retrain people to think about, is making incremental improvements to things, rather than having everything work 100% out of the box.

Good enough — then fixing later — is the new way to do things. Plus, now we can do it that way, because the technology we have is better.

Anyway, the thing about my job is that there is so much that I want / need to do, but there are only so many hours in the day. People who have been there a while say that’s how everyone feels. It’s a great problem to have – back in the day, I would watch the clock, waiting for 5:00 (or whenever I got my 8 billable hours and could leave). Now I’m racing the clock, half the time.

Still stressful, but in a good way.

So, this vacation is going to be half working. I’m going to spend some time in the mornings of Tues, Wed, Thurs getting ready for the deadline in two weeks. I’ll still have a lot of time to myself — but not so much. I get antsy (and difficult to live with), if I don’t have a certain amount of structured activity and pressure. I expect it to be a nice balance between work and play, which is what I really want, anyway.

I might even get to watch the Miss America pageant on Sunday night. Miss Oregon is a TBI survivor. She got injured in cheerleading. And that’s her platform. So, maybe I’ll get to see that.

Anyway, speaking of stress, I’ve been working out more, lately. I’m a bit sore, but not in a bad way. I’ve noticed that when I work out with intense intervals, I feel fantastic all day. Something about stressing my system triggers a energy-producing, healing response. And the inflammation goes down. My shoes fit my feet again.

I need to build that into my day more regularly. Take just a few minutes to run down to the gym during the day and work out. Get in some intense intervals — riding the bike or doing other exercises — and finish out the day on an up note. I did that the other day, and while I was pretty tired by the end of it my waking hours, I felt great at the same time.

Speaking of intermittent intensity, it’s time for me to get going to work.

I’m really looking forward to that vacation…

Onward

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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