I finally tweaked my website into a shape that I really liked. Then a widget went wonky and the support person tells me my theme has been retired. No fixing the wonky widget. I need to choose a new theme.
I have a new boss at work. We have new routines. I will have another new boss in August and I am sure they will bring their own tweaks to the routines.
They are interviewing new colleagues. They’re looking for someone I will likely be working with for the next decade (we tend to sit tight on these jobs). The devil you know, the devil you don’t? Rumors abound.
And I am thinking… whatever.
I’ll live. I will set off an afternoon to redesign my website. I will follow the new routines. I will work with the new colleague. These things are out of my control. I can accept that and set those facts aside: “Move on!“
It’s this new medication. My jaw isn’t clenched. For the first time in several years, I don’t feel like I have to control everything. Set all the stories right.
I am not filled with disappointment and shame when I look in the mirror and see all the changes I haven’t been able to stop. I don’t feel that I have to justify the space I am taking up while sitting in the lunchroom with other people. I don’t feel like I have anything to prove – Good enough. And even a bit of “so what?“
It is frustrating that a little pill can accomplish in one week what I have been trying to will/exercise/force/meditate my way to all this time.
My head is quiet. Not numb, but rather as though it’s safe to be quiet because there is something else good just up ahead. Worth all the energy that I have been wasting. In the meantime, I go for a walk and do yoga on my lunch break. Laugh at E.’s dad jokes.
I do have a tiny worry in the corner of my mind. Will I crash? Is this lightness and this quiet “normal”? I ask E. We fall back into that truth that we can’t really ever know what is going on in someone else’s head. What something is “like” is still only relatable to one’s own experience of the metaphor’s vehicle. It is like we are all closed loops when it comes to language. We try. We make theater. We write poetry. We paint images.
But facing this sense of the futility of trying to communicate exactly, I am feeling puzzlement instead of despair. Being puzzled is kind of fun.
The effort is fun.
I had forgotten that while chasing something I was trying to make meaningful – a durable artwork. What a waste of energy.
Saturday I will revamp my website. I tend to curse a lot when I start messing with code and tweaks. I also enjoy it a lot, when it all fits together like a solved puzzle.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month in the US. Statistically, I am rising now in terms of the great U of happiness. I hope so.
Bipolar, CPTSD, likely AD
HD (no childhood data for a definitive diagnosis). No shame.
On and off medication as necessary these past 35 years. Functioning member of society: teacher, artist, mother, wife – with all the normal strife. It’s not all good, but it is all worth it.
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Your last sentence answers the question what the meaning of life really is. Thank you. Rx
So important to be/feel functioning.
As someone who’s been on meds for over two decades, I concur that it’s a bit shocking that a pill “helps” more easily and effectively that all the work I tried to do myself 20 years before that. But I think my work was worth it; I learned much from trying to solve what may have been hormonal or neurological or endocrine-based “issues” and I also learned much from being on the meds.
I also recognize that tiny worry in the corner of the mind about crashing. Yep. And there are days I do crash, but fewer days and the crashes are shorter in length and not as deep a plunge. Good luck with the changes. Changes mean we aren’t dead yet.