i don’t want to talk to you today

Ever have moments where you wish you were young again? Not because Monster High kicks ass, responsibility blows, and as an adult you are all too aware of all the shitty things happening in the news. You just need a day to get away. A day of silence. Just one day to do nothing that actually matters, only mind-numbing tasks that make life a little happier and easier to get through. (Is that too much to ask?)

I mean, let’s face it… life is consuming. Work, bills, your spouse, kids – they are all bricks getting stacked on top of you and you’re starting to get crushed. The stress makes it hard to breathe. You’ve lost yourself to responsibility. Seriously, when was the last day you spent treating and taking care of yourself?


So… I decided I’m setting aside a day this week to spend by myself. A solo trip to the movies. Wandering around the mall aimlessly and buying something I want and don’t need. I’m going to order way too much Chinese food, then bring it home and eat it on the couch while I watch five hours of Downton Abbey in one night. I’m going to go to bed whenever the hell I want, and wake up whenever the hell I want.

There’s so much emphasis on physical health with these New Year’s resolutions. What about taking care of your mental state? Time to reboot and recharge, guys. Y’all should do it, too.

(I think this is my first non-humor post. I debated not posting it. But, let’s be real — I’m not always a clown. I have my serious moments and struggles, too)


102 thoughts on “i don’t want to talk to you today

  1. nissetje says:

    Mental health is so important! How can you possibly maintain the Funny if you’re too stressed to function? Here’s hoping you have a fabulous mental health day.

    Also, with regard to the picture? Eating cookies always happens in the moment, so it all works!

  2. circumstance227 says:

    I just had five such days in a row and wrote about it (“A Ridiculous Mind”). All I can say is “Do it! Do it! Do it!” My time-out made me feel like it is a whole new world out there. Gave me my energy back.
    And it is kind of nice to hear your more serious side.

  3. drrebs says:

    Great post! I am getting tired of hearing all the detox/ resolutions etc as it makes me feel bad as I munch on my Christmas cake – but overdoing the exercise and depriving myself of little treats in life (such as chocolate!) makes me feel worse. Looking after your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health in my eyes. Hope you enjoyed your day to treat yourself 🙂

  4. amanda (Just in Queso) says:

    Loved this! I try to take a day off work every couple months or so to do whatever feels “needed” that day. Sometimes I want to do something more fun and active, and other times I just want to sleep late and watch movies all day. Those days definitely help me return to work with a better attitude and mind frame.

  5. Lisl says:

    We are doing something similar tonight–pizza, movie after movie, stay up late, whatever we want!!! I totally agree about mental health and am SO glad you didn’t hold back on this!!

  6. Nancy says:

    Excellent idea! You are very right. It’s been a long time since I’ve spent a day not feeling like I have to be productive!! That’s the best part of being a kid.😊

  7. George says:

    I think if you want real freedom, take th day for yourself and leave the phone at home so no I e can contact you or k ow where you are. It’s a great feeling..:)

  8. bgddyjim says:

    This gets better in a decade actually. Just hang in there, you’ll realize those aren’t bricks at all, they all weave together and make a pair of duck downed pj’s… and they are WONDERFUL. Trust me on this, it’s just life sugar.

  9. So... says:

    Just had one of them off days and it felt so good that I want another one and another and another. 🙂 kidding. But yes, need more of those to feel Fresh again. Enjoy your day when it comes.

  10. Boon Tarkas says:

    “Ever have moments where you wish were young again?”
    Ya, in fact, 3 minutes before I stumbled across this post. Slapped home movies in: watchin footage of the local band I was supposed to front taken 20 years ago, crackin a beer, watchin film of all my friends being interviewed while on shrooms…. albeit I remember the teenage angst and drama and misapplied rage as being a heavy load too.
    Youth: it’s wasted on the young.

  11. mulchandmorecrafts says:

    Alone time is important. I find working the time in around family can be done, an hour here or there, easier than a full day. It’s like what I hear about exercise 🙂 , it becomes part of your routine!

  12. wanderwolf says:

    I’m glad you did decide to post it. It’s a good reminder about mental sanity and health, and the steps we can take (most of the time) to preserve it.
    Though, I would argue that being offline and removed from the responsibilities of social media is a stress-relief as well! I hope when you do take your day off, it’s also from the phone!

  13. Mann Kaundal says:

    Everyone needs a break so why cant you?
    Go wherever you want and do whatever you want…Its your day. Have fun.

  14. facelikeafryingpan says:

    After 8 solid days of leaky eyes, rattling phlegm, and coughing til I pee, I decided to embark on a day of fun–and finally escape inhaling my own diseased air–but it is freezing rain on my parade. =(

  15. 2ndhalfolife says:

    You hit it girl. At almost 60 I feel this…well, almost constantly I fear. In fact you may have noticed in my last blog post that I am nervous I picked the wrong job postion because I’m going to be too stressed and not able to be in the moment more. Some minor stress is also good for the body, but not constant. Your idea of building in down time is good. For me actually, though, healthy stuff IS my de-stress stuff: my walks, yoga, meditation, good food and weights. But it’s all stuff I’ve done for many, many years so it’s all about routine which keeps be from stressing too! 🙂

  16. watermark17 says:

    You are such a good writer! I’m glad you’re taking some time for you. You deserve it! Such a good reminder to give a little TLC to mental health. Enjoy! Xoxoxo.

  17. spartacus2030 says:

    Oh I still pissed myself over your cartoon! What I like, is soaking in a hot tub so long, you come out disguised as a mass of wrinkles! I add epsom salts, a little oil, and candles, and close my eyes… Then I wake up fighting a burning oil slick! LOL! No really! Great stress reliever 🙂

  18. Otakraft says:

    I think a lot of people would be happier if they considered their mental health before their physical appearance. I know all those resolutions SAY they’re about health, but we all know better. We don’t care about being healthier, we want to be thinner, we want to be that unattainable ideal we see everywhere, everyday. And if maybe we all started to worry a little less about that and take care of our minds, we could actually start taking care of our bodies and mean it when we say we want to be healthier.

  19. Becky says:

    Mental health is extremely important – and it’s nice to see someone other than me thinks it matters (I am not ashamed to admit that I am a firm believer in mental health days at work… not every day… but sometimes it’s just necessary for your sanity).

    Love your posts – serious and you scored big on your “non-serious” one too!

  20. mrwolfglesga says:

    Cookies!!! (Don’t worry, that wasn’t all I garnered from that post)

    Days away should be scheduled into things! Also, days of “go away” or “leave me alone”, when you get to act like a teenager and sulk just because. Sure, that’s not exactly productive, but when you reach breaking point because of work or being with people nearly all the time, they are incredibly refreshing.

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