“This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”—Douglas Adams.
“…a segmented sleep cycle was the norm across most continents. The ‘first sleep’ would usually begin around two hours after dusk, last for around four hours, and would be followed by a one to two hour interlude. During the interlude, you might smoke, eat, converse or have sex. The second sleep would then commence for another four to five hours. Ekhrich states that the many references to segmented sleep come to an abrupt end in the middle of the seventeenth century. He attributes the change to the rise of street lighting, coffee houses and the beginning of a legitimate night culture. As the night became safer and more navigable, individuals’ slowly changed their sleeping habits to allow for changing social norms.”—The End of Second Sleep.
This week has been tough. Tough as all hell. Tough on the heart, the mind, at work, and at play.
On Tuesday I sought some help, and yesterday as well. Nothing too out there – just a few places to listen and be listened to, to vent and to venture my own ego out into a pasture for a while, and admit I needed to heal. To get out of the house and my own mind for a while. Without getting loaded at a bar. Seeking out help doesn’t mean you’re weak.
Maybe you need it too.
If you think that you’re alone and that you have nobody to talk to, you do. There’s always someone who will listen to you.
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance: 1-800-273-8255 Good Samaritan hotline: (212) 673-3000 AA Hotline: (718) 520-5021