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lost week

On Monday my sleeping cycle was disrupted by two appointments one of which I needed to be asleep during to make my day and night the right length. It did not matter which one--they were at opposite ends of the day but unfortunately I had to be awake for both of them. I have not gotten my circadian rhythm back on track yet although it is looking like I might be able to rack up a good 12-13 hour sleep later on this morning so maybe I can get reset.

I have been taking shortish naps of three to five hours and then not being able to get back to sleep. Even though I am not drinking more than a cup of coffee every 24 hours I have been having trouble staying asleep for a full complement of rest and so I am up for seven hours then asleep for five then up for eight hours and asleep for three and on it goes in completely irregular chunks.

It does not help that I have been experiencing mad rushes of anxiety while awake. The outside stimulus is not something I want to explain in depth but I will point out that my bedroom window is on the front of the building which is being repainted by the world's slowest and most annoyingly noisy painter. He's been working a month already. Not painting the other three sides; just the front. I have no idea what is taking so long.

There are other things going on too and some of them are not even particularly tangible but In any case daytime here has become so stressful that I think I am going to drop into adrenal exhaustion at any moment. I would leave the house but I have no place else I really want to be. What I want is to be able to work in peace and quiet without constant reminders that we are not being left alone.

I do think I might have a riff for the next poetry video. Today I came up with the bright idea of creating a Kickstarter project to campaign for funds for improved hardware so that I am not constantly worried that my computer is going to die in the middle of editing a video. I already applied and they have approved my project so now all I have to do is describe it and then promote the living hell out of it. I don't know if I will succeed but it is worth a try although I am not sure what Social Security will say if I raise money for myself while disabled but we will cross that bridge should it ever approach more closely than the distant horizon.

I have been taking my full allotment of Klonopin most days this week which also makes it difficult to maintain consciousness if I then sit too still. But it has been necessary to keep the heart rhythm regular instead of pounding madly and skipping the occasional beat. I have about had it with this whole anxiety trip but I swear it is continuing either to get worse or become less tolerable as I get older. Not sure which or if it even matters.

And the state of the world? I cannot afford to think about it for very long at one time. If Santiago and I get through the next few years and my friends are all surviving ok I will count myself blessed. There are a number of reasons why I am actually happy that my life is almost assuredly more than half over. I feel a little worried about those younger than I am and especially the few I know who are very young. And although I am still morbidly curious about what the planet will be like in 10,000 years I am quite content not to have to come back to live another lifetime. Good job I do not subscribe to the reincarnation metaphysic underlying certain types of Buddhism. Zen is nicely agnostic on the subject as far as I have been able to discern thus far. And eternal life! Some impetuous youngster dreamt that up--or a sadistic demiurge intent on torturing living things.

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Jun. 11th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
oh, erik, the state of the world! me too! i agonize over the environmental apocalypse already underway, and my sons who'll live so many more years, and a granddaughter on the way. i did not want to be here to see this happening, and here it is. (have been seeing it coming since 1970.)

sorry about the anxiety in the daytime. wtf is up with that painter? that's weird.
Jun. 11th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
p.s. what's the icon, with patrick stewart? is that ian mckellan?
Jun. 11th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
The icon is, I think, taken from a production of Waiting for Godot with those two fine handsome men. :) "I can't go on, I'll go on" is from a different Beckett work, although I cannot tell you which because my Beckett obsession started many years ago and I don't recall the exact details anymore.

I was asking my friend who has the two very young children (one is less than a year old) how she dealt with the knowledge that the world seems to be lurching towards so many precipices at once and she said you just hope for the best and live your life. I guess hope is compelling. Me I try to think in Buddhist terms about our age being a particularly unenlightened one and that things will change. Adaptationally, humans are a very resourceful species, but I do still worry that we have gone too far in the direction of killing off other life here--we cannot make it on our own.

Still, the earth will survive us all, reset, and go on to host forms of life far stranger than anything we know. Rats and pigeons and cockroaches will evolve into gods know what. That's really why I want to see what has happened 10,000 years from now. :)
Jun. 11th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Oh and the painter? He sometimes works Saturdays. :\

If he'd work quietly that'd be fine but he whistles, sings, plays the radio, and talks loudly to anyone who happens by who will listen to him. What I want to say is shut up and paint but I don't.
Jun. 11th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
That was not the icon I was aiming for. :)
Jun. 11th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
The anxiety sucks but good idea on the kickstarter project. I may do something like that myself sometime. If I have money, I will contribute, I am kind of in a bad place myself now with various issues with housing coming up (two people leaving, so the rent will go up, and an owner-move in looming - at least I can get paid to move out, once we inform the new owner, once there is one).

The state of the world and nation is troubling now, but I am hoping we can get through without major crisis soon. I worry about a currency crisis, but again, people are ingenious and resilient and I hope - some of that will carry me through. Just HOPE!
Jun. 11th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
I do think we are a resilient and very adaptive species and that we will get through this one way or another, but I do feel bad for those who will suffer. But that's everyone, so maybe it is not going to be so different from any other historical crisis. I am sure that 1912-1945 was not such a good time to be living in Europe, but Europe survived even though millions died.

It is also a relatively well-studied phenomenon that every generation thinks it is in a worldwide crisis. Sometimes I want to say well this time we really are in a spot. But spots come and go. I do wish that we could conduct ourselves in a way that was less destructive to other life on the planet and less cruel toward each other, though. Whether or not one can hope for any improvement there is not clear to me.
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