I’ve decided that I need to be better about doing different things just for the sake of doing them. I think I’m falling prey too easily to the illusion that I can’t do anything until I’m feeling better, or that a certain activity might not be that enjoyable so I’ll skip it. …Not even in the dramatic depressive way, but just in the everyday sort of way. I’ve been in the clenches of this mentality for a long time, I think. Sometimes it’s just the thought that I’m too tired to [do paperwork, exercise, go out, play a game, raise chickens…whatever] on a particular night, so I should wait for some other night to do that. This is true from time to time, but more often I feel better once I’m living my life more fully. I need to experiment with getting back to that again. Richer activities take a lot more energy, which is daunting these days, but maybe once I’m in the habit it will be easier. Plus, it’s rare that those energized evenings ever actually get there, and I don’t want to be missing out.
Of course, this is really all stuff that I had mastered a full year ago. Sometimes I re-have a particular epiphany several times before it actually starts to sink in for good.
So yes, working towards doing stuff even if I don’t feel up to it, and doing things just to see what happens rather than needing to wait for something reliably good.
It’s a fine line for me, because I have to pay close attention to the difference between deliberately choosing not to do anything because that would be nice for me in that moment versus not doing anything for the reasons listed above. I’m not so good at that whole “balance” thing, so there’s always the danger of pushing myself beyond the point that it’s good for me and into the point where a bagpipe lesson in carnivorous plants would be more pleasant. I am not, in fact, a robot, and even if I was I probably couldn’t go at full steam all the time. I’m sure even the Terminator was lounging on the couch in some of the scenes they didn’t show. Between blowing up that thing, and killing that guy? Yeah. Totally watching TV.
And just because I’m on the topic of rediscovery, I came across this picture of our boy yesterday and have to share it. Is that not the cutest damn thing you’ve ever seen? He is the indeed the master of trying things for the experience without worrying about how they’ll turn out.