I find myself wanting to avoid in person contact most of the time. Yet I still have a strong desire to socialize. I don’t socialize in person much partly because I know only two people in my entire apartment complex who share any of my interests. Sure my neighbor is cool and we help each other out a good deal, but we don’t have much in common interests. It is lonely not having anyone nearby to talk about things like history, philosophy, psychology, literature, tech, science, economics, etc. Social media used to be good for that before it became a toxic cesspool. Social media was fun until about ten years ago. It got real ugly in 2015 and 2016, a time when I was already having lots of personal problems. From October 2014 to October 2015, my three best friends in this complex died, my grandmother died, I had my car accident, and had falling outs with several friends and family members. In short I got tired of hearing negative crap about politics all the time. And I even agreed with some of these people, but they were still toxic about their beliefs. I confronted a few about their toxic behavior. Every one of them told me I could go away if I didn’t like it. I did go away. I have stayed away. I won’t even go to family functions and class reunions anymore. One of my college friends I haven’t talked to in almost seven years. It’s so sad and frustrating I don’t even want to talk about it. It’s sad that many people care more about politics than family, work, religion, and even life itself. I want no part of that.
Things have been improving with each passing day since my breakdown last week. My sleeping habits have changed though. I now usually sleep a few hours in the afternoon, stay awake until the early morning hours, sleep a few more hours, and am awake by 9am. I think I’m getting back into my being a night owl routine. I usually get like this in late summer or early fall. For some odd reason I usually do my best sleeping in the afternoon and early a.m. hours, especially when the weather starts turning cooler. Some years during the winter, I wouldn’t see the sun much because I usually slept in the daylight hours.
This has been a pretty long and stressful summer for me. The spring was more stressful than usual too. I was usually too stressed and paranoid to leave the apartment some days. So I stayed home, rode my exercise bike, lifted weights, and caught up on sleep. I think I have lost weight over the last five months. I’ve also cut back on how much I eat yet I don’t feel like I’m starving myself. I usually eat one large meal at lunch, always protein rich. And then I have a small dinner, usually left overs from lunch. I usually cook only once a day. I’ve had fast food only a few times in the last year. Now I have gone a week without coffee, I’m starting to cut down on caffeine. Next time I shop, I’m buying tea instead of coffee. Coffee just makes me to jittery and irritable anymore.
I’m still reading quite a bit, granted it’s still mostly online articles in science journals. When I do read online newspapers, it’s usually something like New York Times, The Guardian, or Wall Street Journal.
As stressed as I was this summer, I wasn’t in much of a mood to watch a lot of baseball. But with the Rockies having one of the lousiest records in the league, I wouldn’t have had much to cheer about anyway. I spent much of my summer playing computer games, chatting with friends online and over the phone, and reading online articles. I broke down and decided to renew my cable so I could get football games and the baseball playoffs. The Huskers first game is this Saturday. We haven’t had much to celebrate the last few years. But things are starting to look up. When they hired Scott Frost to be the coach after 2017, it gave people real reason to hope for the first time in several years. Hope things do turn around.
For the first time in months I feel really hopeful most of the time. I spent most of this spring and summer at home, working out, eating healthier, taking vitamin supplements, and trying to get my physical health in order. For years I had been tending to my mental and psychological health only to let my physical health slide, at least after my car accident back in 2015. The last few years have been overly lonely and depressing. And I felt I couldn’t really talk to anyone because of how angry and stressed most people seemed to be, especially online. This truly bothered me as it is easier for me to socialize online than to just call someone up on the phone or go to their house. That and most of my friends and family live out of town. I hope after a few years of upheaval and distress, people by and large are learning how to tactfully interact online. I lost some friends over the last few years because of everything that has gone on. Hopefully, the madness is burning itself out.
Getting out of the apartment several times a day now. Have been for the last several days. Catching up on the news of what’s been going on around the complex and meeting some of the new residents who moved in during the summer. Seems like we have a few really cool people move in lately, and some of them are even in my age bracket and younger. So I might be rebuilding some of my social safety nets that had fallen apart over the last few years.
I haven’t been as social over the last three years as I had been previously. I think some of it started when three of my friends in my apartment complex died within six months of each other. Then we had a few problem residents come in that gave problems to everyone. So I started isolating to avoid the drama. Then my grandmother died, which I think I took harder subconsciously than I realized at the time. My car accident in late 2015 left me scared to drive and not able to trust other drivers on the road for a long time. 2016 is a lost year as far as I’m concerned. The drama and emotions from the elections caused me so much grief and anxiety. I also lost some good friends and lost contact with some extended family because of those emotions running hot.
After months of hot emotions and people going insane over the pettiest things, 2017 was another tough year. I spent most of that year alone. I rarely visited friends or family. I went entire days without leaving my apartment. I more or less lost my ability to see anything decent in other humans, especially people in my immediate life. I devoted most of 2017 to my writing and self directed scholarly endeavors. Seeing some of the advances that were rapidly being developed was one of the few things that gave me hope in those dark years. Like a fool I tried to share this information with people, but almost no one took me seriously. I had some jerks tell me I was “fake news” and a liar. “Fake news” is another stupid phrase I despise. After a few episodes of this, I became real despondent. I lost myself in computer games and youtube videos and just became annoyed and irritated with people in general. The less I had to deal with flesh and bone people, the better as far as I was concerned.
But after almost three years of depression imposed exile and hermitage, I am slowly becoming more social. I actually want to socialize now. I truly believe that the type of people one surrounds themselves with can effect your mental and even physical health. I have believed this for years. But since most people I knew and ran into on a daily basis were in foul and angry moods, it just seemed better to just isolate, stay out of sight, and hope to God that people eventually came back to their senses. I’m thinking that people, at least the ones I associate with, are starting to come back to their senses. I certainly hope so. The last three years were lonely years. The only years I would rather relive less is my late teens and early twenties before I was being treated for mental illness.