Hipstercrite Life

The Twice Monthly Non-Period Period


I noticed something lately. About once or twice a month I get really apathetic. Discouraged. Run down. Confused. Tired. I want to sleep under a rock for 48 hours and when someone starts talking to me I give them a blank stare as if to say, “Back the f on up away from me, friend.” I sit at my computer feeling like a lead weight. I shuffle home and plop on the couch and can’t think of anything. I curl up into a ball on the couch and whine like a little bitch and want nothing more than the day to end.

It’s not my period. I know very damn well when that hormonal voodoo is messin’ with me. And it’s not depression. I have a pretty damn good life and depression does not run int the family. Instead I guess it’s a ‘everything is finally ganging up on me!’ feeling. And I’m not even sure what triggers the malaise. Something or things slight enough that it falls off the radar, but if I actually took a minute to think about it, I’d see the string that led me to that place. Something someone said or something that happened or a movie I saw or song I heard that scratched the surface of a purposely stowed away subconscious thought.

The feeling of being overwhelmed constructs an emotional and physical obstacle that makes me unable to achieve anything. You can barely get me to complete a full sentence, let alone get me to hang out or create. It’s the sort of funk that’s not conducive to writing. I’m not wallowing in self-pity and drinking myself into a Hemingway-esque stupor. My mind, spirit, and soul have simply shut down for the day.

It’s not uncommon for people to have funks. Shit, we all have a lot to feel funky about. Some more so than others. We all have a lot on our minds. We live in a time where we hustle, we stay connected 24/7, and we rarely have a minute to sit with ourselves. It would only seem inevitable that once in awhile our brain says, “Chill the f out for a second and digest.” Digest the issues in your life. Digest the news you take in that day. Digest your daily relationships and occurrences. Digest all that is around you. And when you do that, it’s like a piano being dropped on you. “Fuckkkk, man. I have three writing deadlines due. My last day at work is coming up. I’m starting a new job next week. Am I going to make enough money to pay my bills? When am I going to get my smashed car window fixed? It’s hot outside! I have a boyfriend! Wow, a boyfriend. Shit, it’s been a long time since I’ve had one of those. He’s amazing. The poor guy is stressed because of the movie he’s directing that you two wrote. You wrote a movie? Huh? What is it that you want to do with your life? Shit, I wonder if that is Mom calling. I better pick up because she might need someone to talk to because Grandma is driving her insane. Grandma is upset because her boyfriend’s Alzheimer’s is becoming severe and everyone is getting older. I’m getting older. Fuck, I’m an adult. This isn’t going to get any easier, my dear.”

I don’t really like these funky moments, but it’s life. There will always be days like these. Maybe if I actually dealt with my life in real-time instead of waiting until everything comes to a head, I wouldn’t have to deal with the twice monthly non-period period. One period is enough!

Do you ever experience the twice monthly non-period period? Boys, I’m talking to you too!

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  • Reply arazel August 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    You have just described my life, pretty much. On such days it takes all I can to pull out of that slump. Then, of course, there are times when you just have to step back and process stuff.

  • Reply Shoestring Austin August 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    "Mama said there'd be days like this," as the song goes. I like to re-read Breakfast at Tiffany's on days like that; I think the "mean reds" is an apt description.

    I think it's definitely related to a need to slow down and digest things that have been happening, as you said. If you feel something, it's always for a reason, and sometimes you just have to stop and ponder where it's coming from–which is something we increasingly avoid with our gadgets. It's good to stop and unplug now and then.

  • Reply IT (aka Ivan Toblog) August 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Sometimes, but not on a regular basis… and yeah, it's usually caused by some outside negative influence. More often than not, it is someone getting into my personal space, not literally, but figuratively.

  • Reply Anonymous August 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    it COULD be your birth control.

  • Reply Scott Tammaro August 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm


    shit WILL take its toll.

    P.S. – staying away from Dr. Phil "goody-goodys" during it allows me to get through

  • Reply Randall August 26, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Yeah, I'm right there with you. I'm not even sure that my life isn't just all non-period period… and then twice monthly I manage to get out of that apathy – or maybe for me, not apathy, but just… discouragement, and like you said, just feeling overwhelmed. Feeling like lifting my head is chore. Feeling like nothing I do is really building to anything – that I'm not just doing things hoping to succeed, but just hoping not to fail so damn hard [or at times, hoping to fail *spectacularly*].

    I think in a roundabout way, my blog, my Twitter account, these have both been things I've used to fight this feeling, and along the way I have ended up chronicling that struggle. Your output and your success thus far as always made me think that these feelings didn't hit you quite so hard, but reading this now, I feel like a dope because of course you've struggled with this too. If everyone doesn't, than at least everyone in situations like ours do [if I can be so presumptuous]. And it's easy, because so much of what other writers post are the successes, are the accomplishments, that I don't think we too often get to realize our peers online deal with the same emotional hang-ups we do, and a lot of us look at these kinds of feelings you mention when we're having them, and feel like we have to just deal with them alone.

  • Reply Teeny August 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I don't think this is something you should have to accept as part of normal life once or twice a month. Sh*t maybe I'm aiming too high? I know life isn't designed to always be a box of f*cking fluffies, but surely to feel melancholy so often is draining. I agree with your reasoning though….a primordial slow down that our little human brains and bodies need in order to cope with the immense pace and volume of living we do. Can you drop anything to make your life move a little slower? Guilt is a crappy thing to carry around, would you allow yourself to be more selfish? A friend of mine told me the other day that I had no manners (because if i said i was going to do something, i gave myself permission to cancel if i didn't have the time/desire to do that thing anymore)…i figure I'm just looking out for my sanity. Anyway, as always, your posts are well written and divine to read. When i feel crappy, I tend to hibernate too.

  • Reply Jodi Henderson August 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Oh. My. God. I can TOTALLY relate to everything you said, especially "My mind, spirit, and soul have simply shut down for the day." Unfortunately, I think it might happen for me more often than 2x a month. I'll have to track it to be sure, but it totally sucks to feel this way at all, let alone twice a month. *sigh*

  • Reply SL August 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for writing this. I feel the same way a lot, and sometimes think it's just me. (But I DO have crazy hormones and depression, so there's that.) Plus it's 100-and-freaking-ten degrees outside, so that's not helping one bit for anybody in this town! Just walking from the car to the grocery store is overwhelming!

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