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Fatigue

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2011 St John 034aWhen we work a job on the night shift, we feel the fatigue of an upside down sleep schedule; when we train and train and train for an athletic event, we feel fatigue; when we’ve given it all on an all-nighter studying for a test or writing for a deadline, fatigue fills us.  Fatigue is a specter we all strive to avoid, but being human, we can’t do that all the time. We don’t even notice the most enervating and debilitation kinds of fatigue even as they are happening. They are insidious and therein lies their danger; we’ve been attacked and don’t care. For what gets to us most at first may seem like good thing, we are not reacting in such a volatile way, we are protesting wrongs, we are not taking stands about anything, important or not. We’ve become mindless, tranquil souls, drifting in the sea of public opinion and not really caring how we feel, because it really doesn’t matter, nothing matters. This terribly dangerous because, not only do we suffer (though we probably don’t recognize that) but everyone around suffers as well. Usually a swift kick wherever will serve to get the juices flowing again, but if not stronger measures are called for. Aren’t they?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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