I’m tired. Are you tired? Me, I’m tired.
It’s strange to think we’re only three months into the new year and I am already flat-out exhausted.
Maybe it’s something to do with getting old. Or being a parent. Or the current political climate. Or suffering from high levels of stress. Or anxiety.
Maybe it’s a little bit of all those things and then the concerning stuff I know is out there but have yet to identify.
(Or does that last one just fall under anxiety?)
Whatever the cause, I am done tuckered out.
Out of gas.
I’m so lethargic even my fitbit is starting to worry about me.
Fitbit: Hey, you OK? You haven’t moved much lately. Have you fallen down and you can’t get up?
Me: Urggggh. So tired…
Fitbit: If you let me Bluetooth into your phone, I can call 911 for you.
Me: No way in hell! I’d rather die that reveal my private health data to your master’s servers!
Now the conventional wisdom is I should take some time off, find a quiet place, and relax.
Soak in a hot bath.
Sleep in a bit.
Conventional wisdom is a cruel harpy, jabbing me hard in the side every night just as I’m about to nod off.
(Though that might be one of the kiddos, scared awake yet again in the wee hours by a nightmare and seeking comfort in the most inconvenient of places. I mean, their mom is right next to me! Bug her instead!)
In other words, conventional wisdom is useless.
Why do I say that?
Aside from the fact that being a parent and a full-time employee and having bills to pay doesn’t lend itself to such an exercise, it’s because I spent most of the last weekend in bed, sleeping.
And all it got me was a boat-load of dreams where I was so utterly spent I couldn’t keep my eyes open.
In. The. Dreams.
And not the pleasant, relaxing sort of dreams where you can keep your eyes closed and just lazily drift off, calm and content and filled with inner peace.
I’m talking one-on-one meetings with my boss sorts of dreams.
Trying to cross busy streets sorts of dreams.
Biking on winding, downhill trails with no helmet sorts of dreams.
Driving on twisty roads with sheer drops to either side sorts of dreams.
Dreams where, even in the confused logic of the dream state, you know you really ought to have your eyes open.
Despite feeling like there’s wet cement pushing down on your eyelids.
So yeah, conventional wisdom’s approach to getting re-energized ain’t working for me.
I’m kinda at a loss what to do now. Clearly staying awake isn’t helping, and equally clearly, sleeping isn’t helping.
So what can I do?
It seems like I have two options, neither of which appeals all that much.
1) Double down on the coffee intake and damn the eventual withdrawal when I’m through this tough patch!
2) Keep pushing through until I have a physical collapse and then hope I get lots of happy, sleepy drugs while I’m in the hospital that will help me forget that the co-pay is really high and oh, there I go again, getting stressed about bills. Crap.
Come to think of it, those two options don’t sound all that different.
So coffee it is. I hope.