Well, my brain seems to be in the proper working order, finally. I think maybe my left hemisphere was overloading, because the only time I was okay was when I was working on statistics or on my research project, both heavily analytical (right brain) activities (is that correct, or am I getting the two mixed up?). Everything else was sending me into la la land.

Detaching from reality seems to be an occasional problem with me. But I think that I finally may have come back to earth from that odd other place that I was. I know it's a difficult thing to understand, but I think that by being true to myself, I am doing the best thing for the happiness of my family. I'll just have to trust that they can somehow come to terms with me being actively atheist instead of the nice, polite, quiet atheist that they are used to. If that has repercussions, I'll just have to deal with it as it comes. I'm not going to worry about it anymore.

The other problems are still there, too, and still need to be addressed, but I think I'm pretty much done driving myself crazy (and everyone else) about it. I've made my peace with it, finally. I think. We'll see if it lasts.

Here's another rule to live by:

(this makes #10, so far, if you're keeping up)

Sacrificing yourself to fulfill society's or anyone else's expectations is stupid. You are the one living your life, and those sources can influence your decisions, but they shouldn't dictate them. Sometimes, they're really wrong, and it's important to stand up for what you believe to be right.

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Comment by Clarence Dember on December 15, 2008 at 12:48am
Nice. The "I always thought the world was what we make it" quote (Dr. Arroway) comes to mind from the movie "Contact".

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