Picking and choosing

I have a full day, today. My meetings are starting at 9:00, and then I have them going pretty much all day. I’m not going to get much of a break at all today. Fortunately, things will be over earlier than usual. But I still need to be on a conference call at the end of the day.

I am running a little behind, because I had to exercise more today. I have been too sedentary, and it’s causing me pain. So, I did some extra exercise. I also have more things to take care of at home, today.

At 4:30, I am getting the rear tire changed on my car. So, I have to leave work early. I will dial into the conference call at 4:00 and listen in. It’s just a listening call – nothing I have to actually speak to – so, I can drive while I’m listening. I can plug my phone into my car radio (with a tape player converter) and listen on my radio while I drive. So, I will be hands-free. And I won’t miss anything.

There is a lot to do, and I am balancing a lot. I have to be smart about what I choose to do.

It’s all a balancing act.

Likewise, in my non-work life, I need to pick and choose between what I will and will not do. I do NOT have unlimited energy, and I need to take care of myself. So, that means taking things off my plate, which is currently my favorite thing to do. I’ve been overbooked for many, many years, because I have needed to keep my stress levels up to stay alert due to my sleepy post-TBI brain. But now I have better tools and skills on hand, than stress, to keep myself going.

So, I’m picking and choosing.

And letting things go.

And it feels great.



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.

2 thoughts on “Picking and choosing”

  1. There is really a way to let things go? I mean, I just don’t notice dust anymore until there are dead fly carcasses collected on my bedside table and I outsource to one of my carers. Luckily, they are amused by my request…….thankfully.

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