Music is one of those things that is a real stress reliever for me. Just a side note there. Ever take one of those stress tests where you have to do a questionnaire?
I think everyone has to take one of those at one point in life. I last took one when I was about 25. I think it was because of the migraines. Or it was part of pre-separation counseling, or something.
The Senior Chief took one around the same time as I did.
Our results at that time were off the charts. We had had every major stressor there was and quite a few of the minor ones, as well. Good and bad.
That's one of those things that this particular evaluation teaches you...that stress comes in many forms.
It's just as stressful to start a new job as it is to lose one, for example. Great.
Another thing I learned is that no matter what you are doing, there is ALWAYS some kind of stress. It exists. If you just got married, that's considered a major stressor. And then, the whole step-family thing, it gives it more value. Etc., etc....
There comes a point in time where on many things you can just put it off to stress. Screw it, it's just stress. Then when the REALLY major stressors come along, then you have some reserve energy to deal with it.
That's the theory anyway.
Truth is, you do become a little neurotic under prolonged periods of stress. The brain gets in the damn way, somehow.
Starts making these extra chemicals that make you fat and depressed.
And then there's hidden stress. You don't even know it's bothering you until it's taken care off.
Then, sometimes everything is stressful. I'm thinking as you get older, you get over a lot of it, as well. You get all like...Fukkit, I've been there or somewhere really similar before. Whatever.
You also learn to appreciate the folks in your life who help take the stress away. Someone who will do something to help or make you laugh your ass off so hard, that you nearly pee yourself.
That was the revelation I had while in the head today.