To Do List:

We all have our days where it’s one foot in front of the other… simple tasks are hard, harder tasks are unthinkable and even enjoyable (usually enjoyable) things feel like work. I hate lists… I get overwhelmed by them, but I figure for today, why not. This is what my “list” usually entails (in literally no order at all):

  1. Coffee … or tea … caffeine.
  2. Make cigarettes
  3. Take Meds
  4. Check social media
  5. Play Clash Royale
  6. Play fishy game (like Candy Crush but I like it more)
  7. Play search and find game
  8. Eat
  9. Shower
  10. Clean anything
  11. Drink enough water (near a gallon)
  12. Check the cat has food and water
  13. Take nap
  14. Go to bed

What my day really looks like lately:

2, 13, 1, 12, 2, 5, 4, 3, 5, 11, 3, 8, 3, 14.

I have no interest in half my games, not even Ingress right now because it’s been so hard for me to get together with my friends. Eating happens because C is a chef so, food happens. I’m just kinda blowing off most of everything still. It’s not intentional, it’s just that my motivation level drops significantly under stress or during depressive episodes. I want to do all the other stuff, or rather, I want to want to do the rest of it.  I’m out of spoons, I’m out of sporks, I’m just out.

So there’s me for the moment… how’s your list looking?

~Brutally Honest Eccentric~

5 Things to Stop on Social Media

(aka “a few ways to get less people to unfollow you”)

There are obviously more than five, but earlier today a bunch of women made me remember that I am awesome and that I matter, so I wanted to pass on some wisdom that I feel matters.

1. Guilt trip “cut and paste, don’t share” posts. Yes, I really am one of your REAL friends, I do love my mother and I support those who have fought and are fighting cancer. No, me cut and pasting a status doesn’t prove any of these things. I don’t know about you, but I get annoyed at people that insinuate that I don’t care because I don’t follow the herd.

2. Answering security questions inside of innocuous surveys. Often questions like “What was your first car? The name of your first pet? Your first school? Where were you born?” come up in “cute, fun, ‘I was bored’ surveys. Not all at once, but if someone wanted your information, chances are you’re posting it without thinking about where it can be used… like to access a bank account, hack your email or other accounts by “forgetting your password.”

3. Using the word “trigger” casually. A trigger is something that severely affects someone’s emotions. They may have a severe panic attack, a painful one that makes them feel as if they’re having a heart attack. They may fly into a dissociative rage where they lash out and remember nothing. They may have flashbacks of assault, or times when they’ve self harmed. A trigger is NOT a concept that offends you, or irritates you. Using it that way is an insult to those of us who have actual severe reactions because of our past or mental health. It’s not cute. It’s not funny.

4. Reposting fake hack warnings. It’s really easy to check if a “new hack” is real or simply a chain letter that’s been going around for years. Snopes is an easy place to check whether or not a hack/threat/change in your privacy policy is real. If you google a couple lines from it, you can find out from other sites as well. Most of these have been going on since people emailed them around through AOL. They’re annoying and there’s no reason in today’s world to generate any more fear.

5. Comparing your life to what you see around you. You’re seeing what people want you to see. This isn’t their whole life. It rarely includes all of their struggles, it often highlights small things to make them seem important, and there’s often unintentional misrepresentation. I’m sure your friend Suzy looks like she has it all with her smiling children and her handsome husband. I can’t think of a friend named Suzy, so we’re going with that.. What you don’t see is that Suzy’s just fed up with trying to get ready for work while getting the kids ready for school and her husband is exhausted from the night shift and can’t help. They haven’t made love in a year and Suzy is considering filing for divorce because drifting apart has become arguing daily and she hates her life. She envies that you can go out with the girls and have a drink with dinner without feeling judged.

Honestly, there are many things to give up and many reasons why, but a couple of these were weighing on my mind today. I am a member of a facebook group and I posted that I felt like I didn’t belong. Those women I mentioned in the beginning reassured me in ten ways that I do belong, and I matter. I just wanted to share the feeling that someone gives a damn about how you feel and the ones around you feel. Since social media is often how we relate to each other, I thought this may be a way to share that feeling. Know your loved, show others they are as well.  Also, please add your own “Things to stop on social media” in the comments!

~Brutally Honest Eccentric~

Reconnecting.

It’s most often talked about by parents who either send their kids off to friends’ houses or hire a babysitter so they are free to go out to a movie or have a few drinks. It’s also talked about by parents of grown kids who are out of the house. It’s something that many of us don’t talk about and maybe we should more. Date night.

I don’t think date night has to be every week. I don’t think it needs to involve alcohol or going out to a movie. I also think that while it may be more necessary for couples, it’s something that one should do if they’re single too.

I believe date night is about reconnecting with someone. That person can be yourself or the person you’re living with. It doesn’t have to be your spouse of 25 years. When C and I were first living together, we had ‘taco night.’ Taco night was tacos and margaritas and a DVD movie. When we ran out of margarita mix, it was ‘tacos and tequila night’ and after we ran out of tequila, we kinda let date night run out as well.

It wasn’t that we needed the alcohol, we just didn’t really have ‘marker’ for that night where we put the keyboards and phones down. I tried a ‘no computer’ night thing. This didn’t work so well for us because, at the time, I was doing too much on Facebook with my page and my groups to not check the computer and it wasn’t fair of me to expect C to stay off the computer if I wasn’t willing to. I tried to restart ‘taco night’ but each of our lives kept getting in the way.

Date night now for us is not every week and not always the same thing. I do still try to find ways to make it happen even when he’s working a lot of hours, when we’re both stressed about the same things and different things, when we don’t have the money to go out for dinner. It’s a little easier than it used to be varying it because I’m no longer as terrified of crowded movie theaters or places I haven’t been to before.

For one of my friends, it’s just grabbing fast food and eating it in the car outside the house. For C and I, sometimes it’s going to a local casino (and spending their money – Comp dollars – to gamble with), or maybe he comes with me for an Ingress thing (which is often at a diner or part may be), maybe we go out to the movies, or maybe we put on a movie we know we both like and play the same game on our phones together, so we can talk about how good or horrible we’re doing and connect a bit that way… maybe it’s a night centered on intentionally going to bed before either of us are tired.

There are pros and cons to any idea for date night. If taking care of the house is a stressful thing for you or your partner, having date night outside the house can help them stop thinking about it for the evening. Unfortunately some ideas, like going to the movies, outside the house cost money and if money is tight, that could be stressful too.

I think it’s important to find the stressors and plan around them. If you need to get out of the house and you don’t want to spend extra money on dinner, you could pack dinner and bring it in the car with you to a park perhaps. Even if your car doesn’t make it out of the driveway, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the intention.

Earlier I mentioned I felt this was important if you were single as well. You don’t have to call it date night, however if you’re not living with your parents any more, chances are your life gets stressful for you too. It’s important to find things that aren’t part of your every day routine to connect with yourself and enjoy your life so you’re not just surviving it. You deserve to feel the joys of reconnecting no matter who you are connecting with.

~Brutally Honest Eccentric~

Writer’s block the week you finally start your blog…

(or everyday obstacles to achievable goals)

It’s rare to imagine how something will happen and have it turn out exactly as you pictured it in your head for the past few weeks or months. More often, you realize there’s never going to be a perfect time and dive in. Once started, there’s almost always something that goes wrong, takes your attention away, halts your progress.

For me, this is an accepted part of life. I am not being pessimistic or saying these things you shouldn’t start anything. We all know that life is going to throw us curve balls. It’s okay to strike out once in awhile as long as you keep playing.

The past few days, there have been random thoughts playing over and over in my mind each time I sit down to write. Things like how I handled situations with certain friends, how others have treated me, how I am treating myself just continue to resurface in my brain. I am dealing with ending friendships and medication changes and through it, trying to figure out how to write more regularly, to let a newer audience into my life.

I wanted to have this post up by Thursday. I started out with the intention of creating posts a few times a week. It’s 3:00 Saturday morning and I’m still trying. This is what gets things done. It doesn’t matter if you have depression and anxiety pulling you back, or children needing help with homework, or a sink full of dishes. It’s okay to not get things done precisely when and how you want to do them. Life doesn’t always want to work on our schedule.

However, please don’t stop trying. This is how we move forward in life. Whether it’s writing a blog, taking a shower or getting your PhD, life is about perseverance. There will be disappointments and delays but those are just part of how we get to our victories. You are capable of achieving your goals as long as you are willing to push for them.

Be stubborn. Be victorious.

~Brutally Honest Eccentric~