Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stress

And some brain rattling


Too much and you'll break.
Stress is a force that happens naturally in the wild world. The stress of gravity forces species to develop skeletons for support, muscle for movement. The stresses of wind and water force flora to dig deep roots and grow hard skins. The stress of multiple hard winters may kill a certain portion of wildlife, like turkeys or whitetails, and subsequently cut down predators the following years due to a dwindled food source.

In our human world, stress takes many forms socially. Often when we talk about stress, though, we consider it a bad thing. True is the maxim ‘too much of anything is a bad thing,’ but I think, as with most things, a healthy dose can go a long way.

I’ve been going back and forth a lot lately as to whether I should be adding more to my plate, taking on bigger and different endeavors, or instead shoveling some of those obligations off. See I think there is a lot to be said for open, unstructured time that allows your mind to wander...

On the other hand is the obvious - work, work, work. Systems are good for productivity and sticking within a set schedule once it’s developed is typically the most efficient way to be consistently successful.

Wow…did I just write that? Sometimes I wonder if my younger self would laugh at me. I think yes, probably.

See what I did there was stream of conscious. There’s not much formatting that goes into it, just clusters of brain cells firing after a heavy dose of java.

What I’m getting at is there is intrinsic value to the rattling that goes on in our heads. Our minds are not prefabricated into a particular mold, but are crazy, nauseous, alive creatures that should be allowed to grow and change and explore the vast world both inside and outside our own skulls. The truth is we are all creative, energetic individuals, each with their own concept of the world.

The stresses of society are ones we’ve built and put upon our own backs. You choose whether or not to accept them as your own and how best to deal with them, nobody else. The ones you do decide to shoulder ought to be challenging, for the simple fact they will help you develop a stronger backbone. Just remember to allow yourself creative space as well, space that lets your brain rattle around.

See you out there,
A woodsman in training.

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