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A Chainsaw Classic:

Exhaustipated

January 22, 2015

Have you ever been tired? Not Friday afternoon, grab a quick nap before you hit the town tired. Not sleepy-eyed, beddy-bye time tired. Not even fall asleep on the couch, on a rainy day, to a crappy old movie tired. We’re talking knock-down, beat-up, slap the f*** out tired. The kind of weariness that makes you feel like you could go to sleep behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, while texting and drinking a Coke. Run over a herd of blind preschoolers, then into an old folks’ home and not even wake up or care when you did. A state of being so literally exhausted on all levels, physically, mentally and emotionally, that you’d rather be comatose than conscious. How tired is that you ask? Currently, I am too tired to poop or even give a s***, (do you get the title now?).

So, what brings a person to this point of utter and unsurpassable exhaustion? Well, a hard day’s worth of manual labor can sure take its toll on the human body. Constant, daily physical activity can really wear you out. Our bodies are only designed to take so much before they require a rest period. However, have you ever noticed you can be physically run down and still be completely alert?

On the other hand, feeling mentally fatigued sucks. You can’t think straight and it becomes impossible to focus on anything. The simplest of tasks becomes a terribly difficult chore when all your cerebral cylinders aren’t firing. Most arguments in the home are a direct result of mental exhaustion. Tempers are shorter and patience walks a thin line when we have had too much on our mental plate for one day.

The good news is in most cases being mentally and physically taxed to the limit can usually be resolved with a good night’s sleep. It is when we reach a level of emotional weariness that sleep seems none too effective. This is a state of being that closely borders institutionalized depression. At this point all one desires is the escape of sleep, seeking that refreshing feeling that comes with waking. But when emotions are at play getting there is half the problem and once there it seems like it is never enough. How many sleepless nights have you yourself spent, staring at the ceiling, rolling the events of the day over and over again in your mind? Your mind is pushed to the brink of utter insanity. As you try to rationalize and put logic to emotional issues, that are illogical, irrational and impossible to resolve from your beneath your bed covers. Then again, some problems are best resolved under the covers...yes getting laid can fix stuff. No, wait, what the hell? Getting laid is a temporary fix and you’ll be staring at the ceiling again when it’s over. So just skip the getting laid part, it’s irrelevant...unless you’re getting laid. Tee hee, I just used the phrase “getting laid” five times! Gawd I am really too tired for this s***! Ah ha see there, the title has come fully into play. Are you catching on yet or should we wait for you at the short bus stop?

OK, bowel movements and getting laid (that’s six) aside...oh look there it is again “bowel movements getting laid aside” = emotional constipation. Geez does anybody else get this stuff? Or am I just so tired this seems stupidly funny?

OK, fun times over back to the ceiling. Emotional issues make for long days and restless night. They push our physical limits by denying us needed rest and wear our mental capacity down by constantly digging into our subconscious for answers. As the hole gets deeper, we fail to realize we grow further and further away from the solution by over-analysis. We complicate the uncomplicated, because we as a race are too impatient to see how life is going to play out if we just sit back relax and wait. My friends, yesterday is gone and tomorrow will come whether we like it or not. So for tonight let us rest so we can be ready for what the dawn may bring. Because it could be zombies! Tune in NEXT WEEK for deep thoughts from the frontlines of the zombie apocalypse (told ya) or something about too many puppies in my house!

Questions, comments and column ideas are welcome via through the Focus, or just E-mail me at wanderingchainsaw@gmail.com or you can FRIEND me on Facebook under Saw’s Brood!

Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!

 

 

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