Haven’t written in several days. I guess I really haven’t had much to report lately. Had a breakdown three weeks ago but things have been going pretty decent since. I still spend a lot of time at home. I feel uneasy in public most of the time, usually preferring to stay home and socialize over the phone or via social media. I’ve also been sleeping more. I feel more refreshed when I’m awake and I get more restful sleep and stay asleep longer. I’ve also given up coffee. I’ve now gone three weeks without it. I switched over to tea instead. I think I’ve gotten more sensitive to caffeine as I age. I certainly feel more irritable and jittery after a lot of caffeine.
I stay home most of the time anymore. I admit I don’t socialize much in person. But it works for me. I don’t get much out of socializing with my neighbors as I don’t have much in common with them. I don’t have much in common with most people anymore it seems like. I’m not interested in politics or local gossip. I guess I never have been. And I certainly can’t understand why some people repeat the same mistakes over and over and expect different results. Maybe it’s from not knowing yourself. Some people get worried that social media and search engine algorithms know us better than we know ourselves. With as little as some people take time to examine themselves, I’m not surprised.
I do enjoy socializing but only in certain situations that rarely come up for me. I would rather spend my days alone than deal with rude and ignorant people. Sadly, rudeness and ignorance seems to be valued by many people. I would rather not deal with that. I have enough problems of my own with mental illness. I can talk for hours about things like history, art, science, literature, philosophy, etc. But if the conversation turns to gossip, complaints, politics, I’m ready to end the conversation after only a few minutes.
I’m fortunate that I have several friends and family members who will at least tolerate my quirks and fulfill my needs for the types of conversation I crave. I love intellectual stimulation. I crave it maybe as much as a drug addict craves his next fix. I admit learning and reading are my fix. I can spend months on end researching topics online and in books, sometimes even years. I have spent several years now on science and tech. Before that, I spent a few years on economics. For awhile I dabbled in philosophy. And I’ve always been interested in history and literature. I enjoy learning and I enjoy talking about things I learn in my day to day studies.
Since I no longer have a “regular job” and can live decently on my disability pension, I have no reason not to scratch my itch for mental stimulation. I make it my job to inform myself on things that my friends with families and careers may not have time to research. Sometimes I am frustrated at most of my friends and family don’t research things like I do. I imagine that is the illness talking. As I don’t have traditional employment or children or a wife, and I love learning new things, I have no excuse not to inform myself on topics like tech advances and current events.
I have said previously I am not interested in politics. What I should have said is I don’t appreciate the fighting that goes along with it. I do find foreign policy and geopolitics fascinating. Between modern geopolitics, the rapid advances in science and tech we are now experiencing, and the fact I can learn this with a portable computer and cheap wireless internet that is fast enough I can get videos, this is exciting times for myself. It seems like much of what was science fiction as recently as thirty years ago is becoming reality now. And the fact I can relatively easily access psych treatments that weren’t available when I was a child in the 1980s, I can watch this unfold in the news sites and blogs and youtube in real time. I would say we are living one of the greatest dramas ever written right now, expect this is real life. I find it all fascinating that things I couldn’t have imagined even twenty years ago are now occurring. Exciting times we are living in, granted quite stressful at times too. Stay tuned, it isn’t slowing down anytime soon.