A Dearth of Spoons
Hello, dear readers!
Today, I wanted to take a break from money and politics and Occupation to offer you a theorem that was recently shared with me. I’m kind of sheepish that I’d not heard of it earlier, as it’s rather applicable in my life, personal and extended:
The Spoon Theory
Now me? I have no idea what’s wrong with me. I have some suspicions in both the physical and mental arenas, but nothing concrete. It doesn’t help that I’m learning how to be a patient at nearly 30 rather than having grown up knowing what the deal is; deity bless America and its lack of health care for the not-rich!
Whatever the case, the spoon theory is a godsend of sorts, as I think it clearly explains to everyone how important it is to know one’s limits, and how pushing them can be detrimental. Mine are *mainly* mental; I have maybe a spare spoon a day that I can use on people. Interacting with people who aren’t my best friends or husband/child is incredibly draining. By the same token, I might have -a- spoon a day that I can use on disagreeing with someone, and even that can set the rest of my day to be teetering over the edge of complete mental breakdown. It sounds totally lame and makes me feel incredibly sheepish… but I know I shouldn’t be. I am not at fault for having a lack of resources, and I am emphatically not at fault for not insisting on pushing myself so hard that I end up catatonic, or having a panic attack, or any other range of extreme physical responses for having used more spoons than I have on hand.
Anyways, it’s just some food for thought, much like I adore sharing things that improve understanding of introverts (such as this one that I found in the past week). Things that increase awareness and acceptance of the differences that make people people is goood. And if they make my life better/easier, then it’s all the better. We are not all the same, we the people are not one or the other – we are many and varied. I do appreciate that fewer factors to consider is easier on the brain… but it’s not accurate. But that’s just my take on things – you’re still obviously allowed to think and do as you see fit. But at the very least, this is some good information for thinking about those you might know with invisible and other illnesses.
Otherwise, have a good day, and we shall see what the morrow brings.
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