Some musings on musing

by Ginger on March 6, 2016

in Random

I miss blogging. I mean, I don’t know that I have much to say these days (life is fairly repetitive here: apply to jobs, do consulting work,  cook dinner, learn SQL, maybe bake, do dishes {my god, the dishes, they never end}, watch tv/read/text with friends, listen to Hamilton, repeat.), but I still miss coming here and mulling over whatever it is that’s on my mind. I miss talking about big things rattling around along with little things. I miss the way personal blogging used to feel more personal, but it feels hard to replicate that any more. Even if we could, see above on the applying to jobs thing, and all the googling that comes with that.

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I have a lot of time to think these days, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad. I spend time thinking about my career, what I want out of work and home and the intersection of them both, and the like. I also spend time thinking about the news and moods of the day: politics, race, feminism, class issues, etc. I’ve had some real good thinking time lately, and that means I’ve had a lot of opportunity to hone my thoughts (while also creating more questions at times, lets be honest) on issues of personal and worldly purview.

I think, perhaps, one of the issues with our busy lives is that we don’t often have enough time to process and think and learn.

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The flip side of that, of course, is that too much time spent thinking about certain things can create a spiral of doom, given the right circumstances. I have to be careful not to go from thinking to overthinking, from pondering to questioning. There’s a fine line but one side is helpful, and the other side is brutal.

It’s a balancing act, and one I’m not always good at right now.

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Sometimes, the best thing in the world when you can’t stop thinking, is friends and family who either a) distract you enough that you stop or b) help hone your thinking away from the overthinking and back onto the path of usefulness. I’ve been lucky to have people on my side these past few months who have stepped up to do both. Sometimes the best way to get out of your own head is to let people see a little glimpse inside it.

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april March 7, 2016 at 7:05 am

Miss you! I know what you mean though, my blog is … in disrepair.

Older mom March 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Miss your blogging too.

Ditto on not having enough time to think. It feels like some people are so busy with FB, Twitter, instagram, etc that they don’t take time to just enjoy the ride and think.
But you are so right about the fine line between thinking and over-thinking!

We hope that when the elections are over, people will go back to normal, stop all the bickering and finger pointing; BUT, my fear is that all this spewing of hate is or will be the new normal.

Please blog more, I need your insights to give me hope and perspective.

Joanne March 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Yeah, I went through that whole thing, too much time to think. I call it excessive rumination. It wasn’t good for me. At least you have more to do since you’re a mother. I think election years are really bad for excessive rumination. I’m trying so hard to block most of the politics out but it’s hard. I still get sucked into reading articles online. I just make sure that I only read things that are well written. Hang in there. Things will get better:-)

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