Back in the laboratory where I feel most comfortable, where the only person I entertain is me.
I started a new life a few weeks ago, switching to the night shift at work, thinking I would free up my days and evenings to spend more time with people.
After a few weeks of this newfound freedom, I find myself back here in the home creative workspace where inventing new friends from electronic parts gives me a kind of joy that is spread out over a long stretch of time, unlike the quick roller coaster rides of joy on the dance floor that addictively attract me to those with whom I’ve danced.
I am at heart a solitary person who likes romantic walks under the stars with himself writing poems to imaginary people, sharing my writing with real people who most closely match my imagination.
Do I know what love is? Not really. I understand what working relationships are, where we pay attention to the needs of our fellow human beings, selflessly exchanging goods and services (including time) to meet the needs of others.
Otherwise, I don’t know what love is.
I don’t even know if I love myself.
I pause here in my life, taking a break from having fun imagining what it’s like to have fun with others, to let go of my selfish pursuit of friendships and look at these electromechanical parts in front of me, figuring out what I can uniquely do with them that I haven’t seen someone else assemble from their imagination.
Woz is right — motivation is better than knowledge in the realm of human endeavours.
I love to dance, love the people who love to dance.
I also love being alone.
I am not alone in this feeling of balancing social life vs. personal alone time, so sitting here alone in the workshop on dance night is not unique in itself.
It is 21:39, an hour and a half away from when I should leave the house and head toward my night shift job doing my part in the healthcare business to save lives.
I heard from “Helen” on social media. We are still connected to each other although we haven’t seen each other in decades. The short years we spent together in high school and college seemed like forever at the time. The nearly fatal motorcar smashup which gave us both head concussions and shoulder/neck injuries almost 40 years ago still plague us today.
From that car wreck, my brain’s neural network changed, instantly forcing me to question the reality of everything I see.
I equate what I felt in the 30 seconds of regaining consciousness in the backseat of a car after the concussion to the dissociative characteristics of hallucinogenic entheogens.
I see everything differently, more so than when I was five years old and woke up to see brainwashing aspects of social training.
It does not make me any more different than others.
I have talked to myself in sufficient quantity tonight.
Talk to you again soon, Rick!
Maybe you’ll shake off this dull edge of lack of sleep and find happiness.
As your wife told you the other day, you haven’t truly laughed in pure joy in a long damn time.
Are you ever going to laugh and have fun again?
Does trying to have friends, trying to understand what they’re saying, when you can even hear them, require such hard work that it’s not fun anymore?
Right now, sadly, it seems so.
Boo hoo, the luxury of middle class, midlife bourgeois quasicrises! Ha ha ha ha ha! rofl
Close this self pity party blog entry and get back to work, you slob! Your future self will thank you!