Putting the “Lymelight” to Rest…
When I initially created this site, the sole purpose was to keep people updated about my health. Now, as I post more and more about random things (and plan to continue to), this blog is serving a new set of functions. The first is simply to keep me distracted and engaged, especially when I need to direct my focus away from my anxious, obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Because, as the old proverb goes, “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”. The second function is about me having something quasi-productive to do—something I feel like I can hang my hat on.
The last function is to prepare me to take an online class. This has been a looming goal of mine. Until I am able to take an online class (which is the lowest level of commitment I can make towards my career goals), I am kind of stuck. Sure, I listen to a lot of lectures, read when I can, and am constantly trying to better myself… but on paper? I’m still the same person I was three years ago, except I’m three years older.
This site offers me a more concrete way to feel like I am making progress in some direction while simultaneously allowing me to hone certain skill sets. Furthermore, an online class would entail much of the same things as keeping up with a blog would—making it much easier to springboard into the demands of an online class, when I am finally able to commit to one.
As this site transitions into a literal blog, it is only appropriate that it gets a new domain name (.com address) and corresponding title. I started bouncing around all of these different ideas—some good, some bad, most unavailable. I really, REALLY wanted BlindSquirrel.com! Unfortunately, someone must have weaseled that one away from me. It’s all good though, because I eventually found a more fitting domain: MildCabinFever.com.
Cabin fever (as defined by Urban dictionary) – is a type of hysteria brought on by spending too much time indoors.
Personally, I have a much broader definition of this term. The way I see it, cabin fever can arise from feeling trapped in your environment, body, mind, lifestyle, a relationship, career, you name it. It’s all the same restlessness that is part of the human experience. The past few years I have dealt with a particularly extreme case of cabin fever. While I have adopted many coping mechanisms, I know there is no way of totally escaping the fever. But that okay; there is nothing wrong with a mild cabin fever every once in a while. In fact, it’s probably healthy.
All in all, I am pleased with the new title. It references a sort of existential angst that I think permeates most western cultures (the U.S. in particular). More importantly, it provides a much larger umbrella for me to write about things that aren’t necessarily related to Lyme disease, such as music, tv shows, science, news, just to name a few. I plan to continue to post a life and health update every two or three months. I have one in the works that I hope to get out shortly!
So without further ado… welcome to Mild Cabin Fever, blog of blogs. Enjoy your stay! As is tradition… a Joke and Quote:
How many introverts does it take to change a light bulb?
Why does it have to be a group activity?
“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.” –Terry Pratchett