Have. Been. Consumed.
This is a word that strongly – strongly – describes my personality. If an idea enters my mind, you can be almost guaranteed that I will become consumed with it at some point; the point at which it consumes me will be directly related to what I am currently being consumed by and how strong that consumption is. If I am “into” something, I am wholly and completely “into” it.
I am rarely consumed by more than a few things at a time, and given that two of the things I am constantly consumed by are my husband and my children, you can imagine how I move between other items of consumption. You might also call them “variable obsessions.”
Because, let’s be totally honest, another major
flaw detail of my personality is that nothing keeps my total and completely consumed attention forever. I do move from one thing to another, as the obsession-snagging abilities of things are forever changing, depending on what else is in my brain at any given time.
Some examples would probably help.
Writing wholly consumes me, when I can keep its momentum going. This works largely in my favor, when I have the ability to maintain said momentum.
I will play the piano for hours at a time, daily (several times a day years ago, pre-kids). Until I stop for a day for one reason or another.
I like to make jewelry. Once my jewelry-making tools come out, I will make necklaces and bracelets and earrings for everyone I know. And then it gets put away for awhile.
I also like to scrap-book. Those things come out, and I will complete a whole book or two within a few days to two weeks, depending on the size and length of the books. Then everything gets packed up for awhile.
One summer in college, I watched almost all of the Julia Roberts movies that had been made up to that point, within something like a week.
Netflix binge? Yeah, that’s a thing.
Drive to eight stores in one day looking for a very specific scarf? Or sweater? Or pair of boots? Done that. Do it again the next day because you ran out of time but didn’t find the item? Done that too.
I will eat the same food every day for two weeks and not get tired of it. Until I’m tired of it; then I’ll do the same with something else.
The main downside to this is that it comes with what seems to be the inevitable “fall off” point. With some things, I guess it doesn’t matter either way; it’s not a huge deal if I don’t make any jewelry for a couple of months. With some things – like writing – I can control it to a certain extent, holiday time crunches notwithstanding. With things like running and other exercising, it’s a huge deal. I find the best I can do is try not to let the fall off happen, or if it does, to shorten it as well as I can by re-motivating myself to get back to letting the exercise – or whatever – consume me again.
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