Today I was attempting to do what I used to do every day: read every blog on my blogroll and then a few more. Realizing that I’d never make it even halfway through the list of blogs, I was so glad that Goldfish starts her blog under the letter D, so that I got to it before quitting. Because this post on spoons helped me:
Spoon Theory is basically the idea that those of us with limited energy have so many spoons we can use every day, and every single activity uses up so many spoons. The things which other people take for granted like getting dressed or washed or making a snack all use up spoons. And once you have run out, you have run out, so life with these sorts of impairments necessitates careful planning and a constant reassessment of activity and energy levels.
This is such a helpful and adaptive way to think about life. If you focus on planning and managing activities, then it’s much harder to sink into that state of revulsion known as “feeling sorry for yourself”. Goldfish refers readers to another post on spoon theory, but I didn’t have the energy to read it. I’m sure it’s excellent.
I’d like to read “my” blogs, as I haven’t for awhile. The few blogs I got to today had lots of interesting and challenging posts up. But reading, let alone commenting, takes spoons. This post is taking some of my last spoons, so I’d better watch it. I left the TV on (which I never do), and when I look up from my computer screen, I see a giant tarantula moving it’s terrifying mouthparts and it really freaks me out! I had better have enough spoons to walk across the room and turn that OFF.
I’m trying to read your blogs, and trying to comment, but it just isn’t happening today. Maybe tomorrow, if I have more energy, and if I plan things, I’ll be able to read. Now they’re showing the tarantula’s fangs! I’m signing off and heading for the tv. If only that Bumble knew how to work a remote.