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Middle Weather Days.
This is it. The weather I’ve been waiting for. Yesterday, in Austin, Texas, we didn’t see the sun. Today was sunny and 80 degrees, but yesterday- sigh- was gray and cloudy and just the right amount of drizzly all day and the kind of weather that just makes me feel so soft. The heat makes me sad and angry. The sunshine makes me feel like I should do something productive even if I don’t want to. But on days like yesterday, on glorious, sprinkling days full of gray, the weather demands nothing of me. It is middle weather. It makes me feel like the only thing I have to do is snuggle or drink warm beverages or stroll or watch movies, or really just do anything I feel like doing, and it’s the only weather that makes me feel this way, and thus, it is my favorite weather.
I'm Terrible at Titles Because of ADHD
An idea. A whisper of a thought. A brief spark of inspiration—and then it's gone and whatever grabbed my attention takes over completely and I'm left at a loss, trying to figure out what it was that I had wanted to do before my brain so rudely hit the reset button on itself.
In The End
At the End, I will be alone. I don't know if I believe in an afterlife, or whatever God or Gods or Higher Power holds judgement over who goes where. If they do exist, I will face them alone. I will be beautiful in my scars, shielded and weighed by my actions and inactions, but I will be alone.
I’ll tattoo my sleeve with toxicity, and suffocate on what’s meant to be. To tomorrow, As hard as we try to escape tomorrow, it comes like a slap in the face.
A Side Effect of Overthinking That Nobody Tells You About
At 17-months old, I got diagnosed as an overthinker. No, really. Less than a year and half old, and I was already talking the talk, but I was too afraid to walk the walk without carrying my baby activity bouncer with me.
I was fourteen that summer, and it had been five years since I had last seen him. Meeting with him again had not been my idea, but my grandmother's. She had planned it as her little "surprise." But it hadn't seemed like such a good one at the time. In fact, the whole scenario had struck me with such discord, that even now, some fifty years later, I care very little for surprises. They are to me, just neatly wrapped packages of deceit bestowed upon the unwilling. They are the gift bearer's way of manipulating or controlling the receiver. In short, I do not trust surprises!
My Experience in the Airport as a Sunflower Lanyard Wearer
A sunflower lanyard indicates in a subtle way that the wearer has an invisible disability, something that is unseen, for example, autism, anxiety, or in my case, schizophrenia. When the opportunity arose for me to go to New York, I was immediately concerned about how I would handle the travel aspect of it, specifically the airports. Airports had always made me feel stressed and nervous but the biggest difference in this trip is that I would be taking it alone. I wasn’t sure this was even something I was capable of.
If They Wanted to Apologize, They Would
In terms of closure, there are few things more powerful than an apology. Giving an apology after making the wrong choice is a healing balm. It lets the other person know that you feel remorse, but more than that it’s a promise. A promise to change behavior. A promise to be better, kinder, more compassionate or understanding the next time.
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10 Habits Detrimental to Mental Health and How to Break Free
Introduction: Our mental health, encompassing emotional, psychological, and social well-being, plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. Neglecting mental health can have severe consequences, yet it is often overlooked. This article explores the connection between habits and mental health, shedding light on 10 negative habits that can harm our mental well-being. By understanding and addressing these habits, we can pave the way for a healthier and more positive mental state.
Unveiling the Law of Reverse Effect
Have you ever wondered why your relentless pursuit of goals sometimes falls short? The elusive nature of success may be tied to the captivating Law of Reverse Effect, as articulated by philosopher Aldous Huxley. Aldous Huxley held a range of philosophical and intellectual beliefs. He explored themes related to human nature, society, and the potential dangers of unchecked technological and scientific progress. Additionally, Huxley was interested in mysticism and the exploration of altered states of consciousness, as reflected in some of his later works and essays. his beliefs were diverse and evolved over the course of his life. This concept unveils a transformative truth about our approach to life and success. The theory of law and effect is deeply embeded in the human nature.
The three sisters Grimm
Once upon a time there were three sisters. The first one was three years older than the second one and seven years older than the third one. The second one was three years younger than the first one, and four years older than the third one. The third one was seven years younger than the first one and four years younger than the second one.
What An Abusive Ex Said About Me.
We all have disagreements in relationships. However, toxic relationships also involve a pattern of abusive rumors; the worst?
If You're Neurodivergent and You Play Special Interest Roulette
Chances are, if you’re neurodivergent or somewhere on the spectrum, your special interests are going to fade. One day, you discover 1940s swing dancing and absolutely fall in love with it. You do the whole “neurodivergent thing” — read every website you find, borrow all the books from the library, watch hours of videos, and listen to music of the era.
Common Manipulation Tactics
Introduction: In any relationship, both men and women can employ various tactics to influence one another. However, it's crucial to recognize that manipulation isn't exclusive to one gender. Instead of focusing on gender-specific behaviors, let's explore some common tactics that individuals, regardless of gender, may use in relationships.
The Loss of Identity
Have you ever felt unrecognizable to yourself? Or wondered who that person was that lived life so fearlessly but who is now so cautious and filled with fear and anxiety? I’m here to let you know that you are not alone. Dissociation is a trauma response that manifests in either flight or freeze, and to combat the trauma, the only options are to escape into a new life or a new persona.
The Grieving Process
There is no definitive right or wrong way to cope with the passing of a friend or family member. Grieving is a challenging process that varies for each individual. It is important to understand that dealing with loss is not just about managing the emotions, but also about adapting to the changes that come with it. This adjustment takes time and cannot be rushed.
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