“Having no deadlines, nothing to stress about, no unwanted social contact. I would have taken it anytime. Now that I finally do have it, I have to confess, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. I thought I would finally get to read all the books I had been putting off, learn a new skill, watch all the series and movies that I had been putting on my Netflix list and what not. But to be honest, not much progress has been made on that. I can’t really get myself to pick up anything. I think it is definitely true that you need the stress of fulfilling deadlines to enjoy other small joys of life.”
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. As a mom of children who have suffered from brain injury, as well as had personal experience with it, this is an issue near and dear to my heart. This discussion will cover injuries to the brain due to trauma, not brain issues that people are born with.
The brain certainly has a lot of responsibility for being only three pounds. It is basically the control center for the body. Messages are sent to the brain from the rest of the body and it, in turn, interprets these messages and tells the body how to respond. Essentially, how we interact with our world, and everyone and everything in it, almost entirely depends on the well-functioning of the brain.
Staying motivated can sometimes be a difficult task. Too often, many of us will find ourselves working on a project for school, or work, or even our own leisure, and find ourselves unable to finish (or in some cases start) due to a complete lack of motivation. When discussing this topic, I think it’s important to distinguish our lack of motivation from a lack of interest.
There is opportunity in transition but stagnancy in comfort. You can choose to evolve from one plateau to the next or you can reside in your former address of self. Throughout my life, I have always decided to push forward no matter what the consequences, and eventually I had to do a full stop. But life doesn’t have a pause button. Life is consistently on play, no matter what your current state of reality.
“One aspect of life as an adult that I wish I had been more prepared for as a child growing up, was how to deal with illness. Nowhere in popular culture’s movies, hit TV shows, young adult and children’s books of the time, was there an effective, practical blueprint, available to teach me how to deal with one’s body breaking down.”
“Life can teach you a multitude of lessons, it can teach how to be stronger, how to be less gullible, how to be more loving and caring, how to be more careful, or how to be less arrogant and selfish. During our passage on earth, we learn things, every single day, we learn something new about life. And as humans we evolve through it, we grow up through it, we become better because of it.”
I have just written an exam and was aggravated. This is the sixth of seven exams that I have had to write over the last two months. Over this period, I have been studying non-stop only to realize during the exam that I did not use my time wisely and was not fast enough to answer all the questions. I was so down today counting the missing points in the exam and thinking about how bad my academic track would look if I could not achieve straight A’s.
Preparing for a job interview can be tough, whether you’re sixteen years old and on the hunt for your first part-time job, or fresh out of school and looking for a new career to make you feel all adult-like, the whole process can seem like a genuinely stressful experience. I remember how nervous I felt going to my very first interview at a grocery store, I was sixteen and completely unaware of how to act or what to say (a trend that would continue for several other job interviews).
“Mental wellness is about being at peace with your reality, which sometimes requires waging a war to get there. That war can take place with others or within yourself. Two things that you will learn are: (1) who the haters are and, (2) the war is worth fighting.”