I view this blog as a work in progress. I wanted to let you know that. I am practicing being patient with it.
I find practicing being patient to be one of the hardest skills. I want to race ahead and to do so much more with the website and with the blog. I have alot to say about what I have learned about the brain from developing my awareness about my own brain, from listening to media, from attending conferences, from my advocacy and from talking to professionals, survivors and their families. And I want to talk about what I have learned here!
I have a lot of limitations to work around in writing the blog, however. I have learned that my day goes best when I respect my limitations. When I don’t respect my limitations, my life literally falls apart. I have unintentionally tried that many times. It doesn’t work.
What are some of my limitations? Like anyone else, putting up a website and writing a blog would be a new project and there is alot of new learning that goes on with trying to master something new.
What’s different for me is that my new learning happens at a slowed rate — much slower than I was used to it happening. I have learned alot of awareness and acceptance of my learning curve. So when I take on things knowing that it will take “awhile” to get the hang of it, it goes much better.
Since I remember that I used to learn things much more quickly, I have to work hard not to get frustrated in doing something new. Whatever it would have taken before, it takes alot longer now. I have to set my expectations realistically and allow myself more time. I have to let my new slower learning curve be okay. It is what it is.
And for me, the computer is no longer my friend. Working on the computer and focusing my cognition while typing takes a great deal more energy for me than you would ever think. So I have to limit the amount of time I can spend working on the computer. And if I don’t, I won’t have sufficient energy for all the other tasks I need to do in the day to care for my son and contribute to keeping my family’ s life together. I rely heavily on the support systems that my husband and I have built to help us but I also need to contribute what I can.
And, I only write content for the blog. Its my dear husband, Michael, who understands how to add the picture to the blog and who understands how the blog does or doesn’t work. He’s got alot on his plate with work and helping me out with household and day-to-day stuff. He pitches in with the blog when he can. He tells me that there are technical things that he still needs to fix about the blog. Since I cannot do them myself, I need to find patience to be happy with them as they are until he can find time to get to them.
These are only some of the limitations I face in working on the blog. But I wanted to put them out there. I have found letting people know my limitations is useful for helping others learn and develop awareness and understanding about what my abilities actually are right now. I am hoping to find more support around developing my blog as I go along.
So, my blog is a work in progress.
I hope you will be patient with it too!
An end note: After I wrote my draft blog for this week a couple of days ago, I had difficulty getting to sleep. Not being able to get to sleep is usually the sign that I have spent too much intense-cognitive time on the computer. So today I am going to try to stay off the computer other than to proofread and post. Yesterday I got my sleep patterns back to normal. That’s crucial for me–I have to nip increased sleep issues in the bud. Today, I want to keep them back at the place that’s normal for me and enjoy my more restful sleep tonight.