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The posts that resonated this year reflect a mental health theme

I’ve been writing everyday more or less for about five years straight. More or less. This past year I missed a few days because I’ve probably reached some level of burnout. I just found that on a couple of occasions I couldn’t let my thoughts free flowout Some of my posts this year were rapid one-stream-of-consciosness diatribes. Others were more carefully thought through.

At this point of the year, I like to look back and reflect on what I wrote. By doing so it gives me insight into myself and what I went through that year. I also like to see what resonated with the audience and what state of mind were others in.

For the 5th time in a row, my number one post was not one I wrote in the current year. It is one that I wrote back in 2015: Puerto Rican by Way of Superstitions and Rituals: Avoiding the “Mal de Ojo”. I had many similar oldies but goodies. Another such oldie, was I dodged the bullet, but I shot the gun. If I had to write that post again, it would most certainly apply to this year as well as when I originally wrote it in 2016. Further, my old post The Empty Fortune Cookie seem to still cause some people to reflect. And, my post on the Psychology of Replying to All still gets to people. We seem to all still hate that CC line in emails. In that vein, another top post was Is being done an emotion?

As for this year, there was most decidedly a theme that emerged in terms of most read, etc. The posts which reflected and commented on mental health issues of this past year seemed to resonate. For instance my post on Harry and Meghan was my top post written this year and it centered around quitying for one’s mental health needs. Little did I know this would become a universal theme for the year and hit many pop culture and media top ten lists as a theme in of itself. Then there was a post the fact that anything that costs you your mental health is too expensive. And, also a post on the Power of Indifference.

I think you get it. We all felt burned out, anxious, fatigued, and overwhelmed. We also realized that in some situations quitting was a actually the right move. I was capturing, without knowing it at the time, what would come to be labled the resignation economy. What an interesting time in which to be living.

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  1. Happy New Year Mimi, and hello. I’ve enjoyed your blog without commenting for a while now and connecting more with other bloggers is on my resolution list for 2022. Thank you for all the great posts and I look forward to more.

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  2. SMiLes Born on the Autism
    And Bi-Polar Spectrum Beginning Life
    Without the Ability to Put Words Together
    For Speaking

    Then

    Until

    Age 4

    Mental Health
    Has Been A Life Long
    THeME And Challenge for me…

    i Have 5 Major Online Pen Names
    Starting With Aghogday, KaTiE MiA Aghogday,
    KATiE MiA, Kate Mia, And KATiE MiA Frederick

    While It’s true my Wife’s First and Middle Name is
    Katrina, Katie, or Kat for Short And Yes Mia For Middle Name

    KATiE MiA Is Also An Acronym for ‘Kind Autistics Taking in Everything
    Mindful in Awareness’ Yet of Course i’m Not the Kind of Shallow Aloof
    Cold Mechanical Cognition Restricted Autistic Person With Barely Functioning

    Mirror Neurons

    And A Deficit
    of Feeling

    Empathy for
    Others Unlike me Yes,

    Nope, i Am Supercharged
    In all that is Empathy and
    Sensory Abilities And Yes

    With A Propensity to Go into Computer
    Mind Mode in Systemizing Science Ways

    And Lose That Warm Part of Humanity that
    Was More of my Story at Life at 3 Before Speaking
    Sentences of Words Put Together at Four Years Old

    So Yep i Am Basically A Sensitive Snow Flake Born Child
    Mothered to Love Alive this Way Full of Anxiety True As Well too…

    As Humans Have Created A More Stimulating World than i Was First
    Able to Adapt Myself to in Natural Animal Homeostasis For 53 Entire Years

    Finally With A Practice of Autotelic Flow in Free Dance And Song of Poetry

    Voila Balance
    is ‘Mind and Body Soul’
    To Keep Inhaling Peace
    Exhaling LoVE iN JoY oF LiGHT
    Giving, Sharing, Caring, Healing Free For
    All With Least Harm And of Course in a Twitter
    World this Way it is Rare i really find a Place to Rest

    my Head Still
    Where i am not
    Only Tolerated Yet
    Fully Accepted for
    Truly A Sensitive
    Snow Flake i am

    IN Rather A Large
    Male Hairy Bear
    or Wookiee Looking Body
    And It’s True i Have Extreme Tactile
    Sensitivity to Almost Any Human Made
    Materials A Naked World Suits me Just Fine

    Yet True this is An Over Clothed World Where
    Humans Have Become More Their Tools Than
    Humanity Moving, Connecting, Co-Creating Naturally

    Surviving And
    Thriving This
    Way to Actually
    Enjoy This State of
    Moving Connecting
    Co-Creating Loving Humanity Being
    Yes Inhaling Peace Exhaling Love For All…

    So Okay, Basically i Came into This World as
    A Canary in A Coal Mind Whatever Brought me
    Down First Would Ultimately Bring The Other Non-Canary
    Human Beings Down Further too So Yes in Achieving Recovery

    For A Really Severe case of What Science Actually Researches
    Now as A Real Human Condition Called Autism Burnout or Autistic
    Burnout Resulting in a Synergy of Life Threat in 19 Medical Disorders
    For 66 Months Shut-in in my Bedroom From Wake to Sleep With Type
    Two Trigeminal Neuralgia the Worst Assessed Human Pain and Numb
    For me without even a memory of if i ever felt the feeling of a Smile before

    No Drug Would Touch

    Yes i Wanted to Help

    Other Folks avoid

    The Real HeLL ON EartH
    i Went through as A Canary
    In a Coal Mine That Others in History
    Have Termed Variously as Neurasthenia,
    Nervous Break Downs, And General Adaptation
    Syndrome As Well Among Other General Metaphors
    Too of Basically Having A Frigging Dead Battery to Live

    For What i Understand is the Life Juice of Properly Regulating
    Emotions And Integrating Senses Through What An Autotelic
    Flow of Meditating and Contemplating Free Dance And Free
    Song of Poetry Brings to me So i not Only Talk about it like

    A Science Project

    i Do it For Real

    in Real Time Now

    As A Real Anthropology

    Participant Observer in

    Not Only A Science Research
    Paper Yet actually a Longest EPiC
    Long Form Poetry ‘Bible’ Project for
    100 Months and 10,000,000 Plus Words Now

    For Free For Free For Free As i Really Don’t Wanna
    Touch any of that Human Made Disgusting Green Money
    Stuff Anymore in my Life as my Wife Doesn’t Mind Touching
    it or Keeping it In Her Chubby Little Wallet Hehe True it Wasn’t

    Easy Standing By Her
    Man in Hell Either

    Yet at Least

    She Got A
    Chubby Wallet
    To Do it as All My
    Life i’ve Sensed A Really
    Horrible Hurricane Coming

    For me Before Enjoying the Rainbow
    Stars After Tar Birded HeLL ONE EartH

    It’s True i used to Have Prophetic Nightmares

    That Were An Omen When i Was a Child for

    My Ending and Starting Destination of Life Again…

    So Anyway Back to Join You In A Review of 2021

    Now that i Have the Background Information Before
    That Taken Care of

    Interestingly

    Now if one Puts
    my Pen Name ‘Aghogday’
    into the Search Engine One
    Returns Research Linked to

    A Small Piece i Wrote About ‘Autism
    Burnout’ in 2013 When i First Started
    Blogging that Spring A Perennial Top
    BlogSpot Platform Viewed Hit With Tens
    of Thousands of Views Now Yet it’s true

    i’ve Spread A Song And Dance of my Soul

    In Almost Innumerable Ways Around Online Since

    Thanks Giving Day of 2010 And Even Locally Where

    i am Literally as Recognizable As the Local Weather
    Man Everywhere i go

    Except

    No one

    Asks me About
    The Weather They
    Just Smile They Just Smile

    or the Children Point at me to
    Their Parents And Exclaim Gleefully
    ‘There He is the Dancing Man!’ True it’s
    Like Pokemon Never Really Went Away for
    the Full 100 Months of 15,942 Miles of Public Dance

    Yes Perseverance And Adherence to Restricted Repetitive
    Special Interests is Really Rather A Gift too in Laser Focus

    of Painting Sistine Chapels and the Such oF Never Ever Giving
    UP Even if there are some disagreements about Making God and
    the Others Naked as such With All Body Parts Proudly Displayed Freely

    Hmm..
    Just Hmm..

    Anyway Artful
    Photography a
    Special Interest too
    For Way Over a Hundred
    Thousand Photos Online
    Probably About 150 Thousand
    Total And What’s Really Cool is i Can
    Link the Oldest Pen Name Avatar “Aghogday”
    in A Google Search With Just About Any Descriptive
    Phrase Like a Card Catalog for Most All the Photos and
    Words i Have Done Ever Since 2010 Thanks Giving Now

    True Use the
    Tool Master it
    And Do Not Let
    the Tool Use Us

    And Become Terminator
    Machines Instead of Naked
    Enough Still Whole Complete Humanity Now True

    What’s Perhaps Even Cooler is on the ‘Wrong Planet’
    The Website for the so-called ‘Unwanted Toys of Humanity’

    Where Systemizing Restricted Minds Tend to Wanna Rule the
    Roost As We Find that With Folks Who Literally Interpret Poetry
    In Old Bibles too Trying to Take Us Back to Older Testament Theocracy
    Days true too in the United States of ‘Trump’ After i Regained My Right
    Hemisphere Processes More of Social Empathic Artistic Real Emotional
    Spiritual Interpretive Intelligences Again My Depth oF A STory Wasn’t really

    Welcome There At First

    When i Rose Like a

    Phoenix Out off the
    Old ashes of my
    Very Restricted

    Left Brain
    Systemizing
    Science Material
    Reductionist Way
    of Processing the World
    in Very Small Picture Way

    to A View the Size of Full Humanity
    Once Again Yes Naked Enough Whole
    Complete So Several Times They Kicked me
    off the Wrong Planet Yet Like A Yoyo That Always
    Returns or Perhaps a Boomerang Aged Dude i Always

    Came Back Just Like A 2.0 Version Of A Terminator Trying
    to Save Humans From The Same Old Dam Older Testament Machine age

    Honestly They Just Couldn’t Understand then so i Kept Giving Them Mulligans
    And allowed them to Get Even More Than Three Strikes and Unlimited Gutterballs too

    So anyway my 8th New Testament Named “Depth of the Story” Still In Quotes a First
    Google Search in a Solo Thread By me for 16 Months Now and Close to 1.3 MiLLioN Words

    Is allowed on the ‘Wrong Planet’ And Viewed More than 78 Thousand Views Now Ever Since
    August 19, 2020 The Day After i Celebrated 8 Years and 8.4 MiLLioN Words of “Song of mY
    SoUL” Longest EPiC Long Form Poem Bible Now Again at 10,000,000 Plus Words in 100
    Months And True i Am Currently Finishing the 11th of 11 Greater Than King James Sized
    Sub-Chapter EPiC Long Form Bible Poems With “Grand Cross Bible 2021” As this
    is the 6th Greater Than Old King James Size Effort Since Grand Cross Bible 2016
    Completed in the 7 Month Period Between Memorial Day Weekend Through
    Christmas And New Year’s Eve Might Run A Few Days Behind to Finish
    it this Year Yet i am getting Mighty Close to Another 58 Thousand
    Word Bi-Weekly Effort Just Since i Published the Celebration of
    “SonG oF mY SoUL 10 MiLLioN WordS Old” on Christmas
    Eve Just 6 Days Ago And Over 40 Thousand Words
    Ago In this Effort Now Still Writing Now It’s true

    i Used to Do A Review of Each Year too
    By Blog Post Title and New Year’s
    Resolution for #Play2022 Yet
    There are Just too Many
    Other Celebrations
    To Fit that
    Ending Now

    So Thanks For
    The Free Rental
    Space From New York, New York
    Dear Psychologistmimi Yes Thanks
    For Tolerating the Neurodivergence
    Of me For the Last Several Years on

    Every Single Blog Post You Ever Do

    As An Indian Dancer Savvy Raj

    Allows From Across the Ocean

    in the Same Way and

    Scores of other

    Folks Around the
    Globe Yet Not Every
    Single Day Like You two

    In Fact Savvy Hasn’t Missed A Day
    in Close to Two Years Now that i Have
    Visited Her Yet i don’t think She’s Been

    Through What You Have in the Health Care
    Field As an Executive in the Last Two Years for Sure…

    Mental Health And Well Being Should Always Be the
    Number One Focus of Everyone on this Planet Earth

    For With Naked Enough Whole Complete Comes the
    Empathy And Compassion to Love All of Nature With Least Harm

    Yes, This Work is Vital For All of Us to Do to Save Ourselves As Both
    Anchors and Sails Yes in Both Real Conservative And Brave Liberal Ways

    For Fair Winds and Following Seas And Yes Indeed Safe Harbors For All For Real

    i Don’t Have to Tell You Happy New Year Hehe Just Yet As i Know Where to Find

    You Both
    on New Year’s
    Eve and New Year’s
    Day As You Bounce
    Back Like a Yoyo Everyday True too…

    As You Always Come Back Us Autistic (like me)
    Folks Take Great Comfort in Folks Like You True too..

    God Knows, Feels, Senses, i Do Love An Everyday Routine

    Now of Change

    in Balance

    Such A Gif A Present of NoW iNDeed…

    And Obviously You Are From Neurotypical
    too A Requirement for Every Rental Space

    on the Globe

    i Visit

    And Am
    Allowed

    to

    Consistently Return…

    Sadly While Reading
    What i Wrote on the
    Wrong Planet About
    Clean Up Crews taking
    Care of the Remains of Elders
    in Skyscraper Apartments in Japan

    Who Had Lost All their Human
    Social Contacts in Life Where

    No one checked on them

    To See if they Were

    Still Breathing
    When They Died

    At that Very Moment
    Walking Around the
    Block My Sister Related
    That A Nice Man We Knew for

    Years Working at the Naval Installation
    Where We Worked Was Delivered Christmas
    Food By His Previous Co-Workers After Retirement

    A Day Before Christmas They Noticed Mail

    Piled All Over His Front Porch

    And A Horrible Odor

    Coming From
    Inside the
    Closed Door
    Home True

    He Died Alone
    Home a Month Before

    And Nobody Even Noticed

    He Came Missing

    Alive For that

    Long and

    Even With the
    Horrible Odor the
    Mail Person didn’t
    Even Call Someone

    To Check to See what
    Might Have Happened to

    Him And Indeed This

    is A Symptom For All
    The Problems Humanity

    Currently Has We
    No Longer Move
    Connect Co-Create

    Together Needing
    Each Other Alive

    Enough

    Working in Front of
    A Screen in 5 Job
    Changes For
    the Federal
    Government

    In 5 Years then

    To Keep the Golden
    Handcuffs of Retirement

    For me to Still Come is
    What Brought me Down
    In a Mechanical Cognition

    Restricted Way of Life
    in Information Technology,
    Financial Management ,
    Administration,

    And Supervision

    of So Many Programs

    Then in 5 Years Yet
    It’s True i Even

    Lost Contact

    With my
    Wife in my
    Own Home

    for Those 5 Years
    On-Call from Work
    Around the Clock

    And When i Left
    i Had no Idea Who

    i Even Was Well

    Now i Know Now

    i Feel Now i Sense

    i Human And Enough…

    Hmm.. At A Penny a
    Word for my Thoughts
    i Owe You Now Twenty-One
    Dollars And Fifty-Cents Just
    For Today’s Rental Space Now hehe…

    Yet i’m Still Breathing, Moving Now,
    Connecting and Co-Creating Human

    As Even An Avatar online And Really Real Now True too..:)

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