Reboot yourself!

by | Jul 23, 2018 | 0 comments

You know when your computer starts to get really sluggish, takes ages to open any programme, you get a message that updates are ready to install but thats been happening for months, the space warning light shows and the trash is so full that the document you deleted 6 months ago is still in it.

Then you reboot it, the updates install, the computer for some reason works so much faster and you can’t think why.  As its so much faster you delete the files in the trash and the space warning light disappears and that Photoshop file which looks an age to open and let alone save now does it in a flash.  So what stopped us from doing this months ago? What was the reasoning behind it? Why did we keep on trying and trying to get the last ounce out of the computer when, if we have taken a few minutes of it’s lifetime and turned the thing off completely and then given it a few minutes TLC and check over the thing now works so much better than before? Were we afraid that we didn’t have time to do it? That this time would be wasted? This and that needed to be done not in 5 minutes but now but that now was so dictated by the speed of the machine and boy was it slow, that we had to give ourselves more and more time to do it.

But we’d never do that to ourselves now would we? Cause not, why would you do something so stupid as not giving yourself time to reboot and to check things over, install new updates and make sure that we have deleted all of the old files (crap) we don’t need anymore? I mean that’s just plain stupid, of course we do that, NOT!!

Last week my body gave up.  Now the manifestation of the problem was not a malfunction if you like but the root cause of it was and certainly the effect was. The action was to eat something that I shouldn’t have eaten caused by tiredness and laziness brought on by the fact that I was up at 5.20am every morning, getting the train at 6, back home 7pm, working on the train – like now – both ways and then when home having to work on my work, the puppies and the house and then maybe, just maybe have some form of relationship with my partner which meant that if I was lucky I was getting to bed at mid-night.  Then at the weekends because she had been looking after the puppies – and trust me if you have never looked after puppies its not a watching brief when 4 of them are running around the place, wanting food, eating, sleeping, shitting, fighting, feeding.  Just when you think you have 5 minutes to yourself you realise the pile of washing up, the dishwasher is full, all the vetted that needs washing and the fact they were fed at 4 hour intervals (started as 2 hour intervals) and thats EVERY 4 hours.  Think Kids on steroids! – So yes, looking after the puppies is no walk in the park. Therefore on Saturday and Sunday I wanted her to get some free time, to get out, to go swimming in the sea or as she said once food shopping is not a day off!!! Now Saturday and Sunday are taken with looking after the puppies and then 5.30am Monday morning the alarm goes off – or like today the alarm went off whilst we were outside with the dogs feeding them and making sure they had a run as it’s impossible to have 4 pups running around in the garden on your own.

I wasn’t thinking straight and so I ate a piece of meat I know under normal circumstances I should have just given to the dogs (as they can digest rotten meat and we can’t).  But I didn’t I ate it.  I have never been so ill with food poisoning so violently and for so long.  It’s now nearly a week later and I’m still not 100%.  Th hit my body took meant that for the first 2 days – of course I was at work for the first morning – why let a little thing such as really bad cramps, going to the toilet every 5 minutes and hardly being able to move stop you from getting up at 5.30am? Come on now, thats just plain stupid thinking it means you need to rest.  (In fairness I knew my students were off for 3 days later in the week – thank god. But no for 2 days I ate nothing, shat and got rid of over 4.5kgs of stomach acid, bile, rotten bodies, you name it, it came out and kept coming out even though nothing went in.  Colours changed from normal to green, then light green to dark green and boy it just kept coming.  My body had complexity given up on me, even the little bit I managed to get in on day 3 might as well have been poured down a funnel.  I was a mess. There was no way and I mean no way I could do anything, the sofa, the bed, the toilet – that was it. My body needed a reboot but I’d not bothered to give it one – there was always next month, next year, next life.

I’m not suggesting that illness is the only thing we should do, no way.  On the contrary, if I’d have planned to have a break or planned my week or schedule better then I am sure my mind wouldn’t have been so tired, I wouldn’t have done the irrational task of eating the thing in the first place.  Also if I had been stronger, fitter, less tired the way my body reacted wouldn’t have been so violent, so drastic so catastrophic.  No you need to plan you time but planning is one thing, taking that me time is another.

Strangely, today, even after the same amount of sleep last night – but with the benefit of well over 48 hours extra sleep in the last 7 days I feel in-control, well, awake and full of energy.  I got rid of the old files I didn’t need, I had that rest and rebooted my motherboard and gave myself that system update.  But, I didn’t really need it. Now did I!

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