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13 Weeks: Thinking Out Loud

What to do what to do?

Charlie Martin


December 29, 2013 - 7:00 am
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So it’s a week until my next 13 Weeks experiment, and I’m trying to get my head in order around what to do next, so I’m going to write about it to you folks.

There were some interesting comments last week, the most interesting being, essentially, “don’t think so much, just relax, get out and do stuff.”

Which, well, that’s easy for you to say. But let’s resort to some somewhat discredited pop-psych here: I’m an INTJ/INTP on Myers Briggs, I’m fairly high up the Asperger’s scale, I’ve lost a lot of time and energy to severe depression, and yes, for me this is kinda grade school. I want, even this late in life, to make some things work that frankly most people figure out early.

If you haven’t grown up by 50, you don’t have to.

Now, this has hardly been all bad. From childhood the two things I really wanted to do are work with computers and write, and by golly, that’s what I’ve done, and I haven’t done badly at it despite some of the other challenges: I’ve got around a dozen patents, I’ve done some significant work in software architectures, I’ve written at this point hundreds of articles for actual cash money, including supporting myself entirely through writing for months at a time. But I don’t see any reason to stop; there are still things that would make my life better — and of course there are things to do so I not only make life better but I’m alive to enjoy it.

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If that's a picture of your girlfriend, she may be able to help you with motivation. Remember, in your profession, being a little crazy isn't necessarily a hindrance. And the weight thing, it's a marathon, not a sprint.
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Hope you improve your life, do great things and make 2014 better than 2013.
41 weeks ago
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Good luck! I've really enjoyed your posts on this, and I look forward to reading about your progress in 2014.
42 weeks ago
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This seems like a lot of stuff at once! Good luck & remember no one is perfect. The most important thing is to keep trying!
42 weeks ago
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'Bout the monkey climbing the tree: I _think_ it's Lazarus Long at the very end of "Methuselah's Children." (Robert A, Heinlein)
42 weeks ago
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Bingo, we have a winner.
42 weeks ago
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Good luck to you Charlie! I will certainly enjoy reading your work in the coming months. A bit of a side note, I want to thank you for providing me with a push to get my lazy ass in shape.
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