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HacKING
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16 May 2021, 10:07 pm

Do you ever have this feeling of "wasting away"? It isn't always like this or at least, it wasn't. When life was going on its expected course, when I am fully invested into my interests and pursuing them vigorously... I catch that wave and I am so productive and so happy. But if it isn't like that, when life doesn't go to plan and perhaps I have no strong interest to throw myself into.... I waste away. I become a shell of who I was when my life was going the better way, I lose my personality and spirit and everything that made me me. I just kind of wallow around as this lesser version of myself and don't want to do anything substantial. Do you ever feel the same way for the same reasons?



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16 May 2021, 10:52 pm

Yes, AKA "Depressed."



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17 May 2021, 6:06 am

If you seem to switch between "on" and "off", it may be a bit of bipolar. It also may be a lack of "plan b".

If you have a special interest that you can be invested in, it may not be a bad idea to have a "second best" special interest that you can default to when you drop out of "plan a".



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17 May 2021, 6:54 am

I know what the OP feels. It is like treading water and going nowhere. No aim or direction... Drifting through life.
The last decade or so i have been like that and only now I am picking up something to be enthusiastic about with my hobby...


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17 May 2021, 7:59 am

This is a copy of my reply in another thread:

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You are not alone. This happens to a lot of people, this happened to me as well.

I was one the best students in my university, I was sent to other cities to represent my university in international contests, several times our team ranked top 3.

My interest in my subject was very intense, I would neglect everything else and spend days and nights doing one thing I enjoy. But near graduation I got depressed and completely lost interest in my field and studying in general. I was forced to take a year break. Luckily I recovered almost completely by the next year and managed to complete my thesis.

Then I started my post-graduate. At the same time my interests restored and I attended a lot of events around my interests. I've met my girlfriend at anime convention in a public library, later we moved in together.

I had a great job, I loved it and my post-graduate work was extremely fulfilling, it was a perfect match for my interests. I would neglect everything else and work on my work tasks during the day and on my post-graduate during nights, I was proud of this lifestyle, I made me feel like my life is dedicated to my cause. Eventually I got severely depressed, snapped out on my colleagues, I lost interest in my job and was feeling disappointed all the time, I quit my job. Couple weeks later I broke up with my girlfriend because I believed she didn't share my dedication and was undermining my success. Now I understand none of my beliefs about my job and my relationship were true.

Every single time this happened I've completely lost interest in anything, in my favorite music, movies, hobbies and work.

At some point I discovered I'm on the spectrum and believed this is why this all happening to me. I'm autistic, people don't understand me, I don't understand people, they make my life miserable and no wonder I stop doing things I used to like and end up depressed. Right? No, I was wrong.

Luckily, one of my friends invited me to a hiking trip and didn't take no for an answer. I've immediately felt MUUUUUCH better when I returned from it and it made me think. I started digging information and health become one of my intense interests and hobbies.

Now I have much deeper understanding of my condition and looking back I see exactly what happened, what I could do to prevent it from happening every time.

Now I have a lot of interests and pick up a new hobby once in a while. What's interesting, now I've lost fear of trying something new, challenging myself. Now I have a mental framework to approach some things I used to find really intimidating and too hard to even start.

I'm not special in this regard, I don't have innate strong willpower or something, I'm not smarter than most people, absolutely everyone can change for the better knowing exactly what to do and doing it.

So don't worry, you interests will return, it's a matter of time. But there are things you can do to bring this change intentionally instead of waiting for it to happen to you.



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17 May 2021, 12:31 pm

Kind of. I get times when I've temporarily run out of ideas, and I get this nagging feeling that I'm wasting time. But I also get it when I'm doing things, only then it's more like doubting that what I'm doing is a good use of my time, that I'm really doing any good or having much fun with it. It's the nearest I've ever got to depression, when I can't for the moment think of anything that would give me a purpose. Luckily something always turns up eventually, so it's like waiting for a bus, which is another thing I hate.



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17 May 2021, 5:06 pm

Thank you for sharing this. I have felt this way for years. My friends in comparison always seem to be moving, going after what they know they want. I often feel stunted thinking about this. Anyway it helps to not feel so alone with these feelings.


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17 May 2021, 9:42 pm

HacKING wrote:
Do you ever have this feeling of "wasting away"? It isn't always like this or at least, it wasn't. When life was going on its expected course, when I am fully invested into my interests and pursuing them vigorously... I catch that wave and I am so productive and so happy. But if it isn't like that, when life doesn't go to plan and perhaps I have no strong interest to throw myself into.... I waste away. I become a shell of who I was when my life was going the better way, I lose my personality and spirit and everything that made me me. I just kind of wallow around as this lesser version of myself and don't want to do anything substantial. Do you ever feel the same way for the same reasons?


I know exactly how you feel! I have lost interest in everything I once enjoyed, in most ways. I hate feeling so miserable except I have no familiar emotional connections with others .. just the thought of having to form new social connections with new and unfamiliar people makes me hell anxious and I don't know what to do about it. I physically don't think I can go on!



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17 May 2021, 9:43 pm

Dear_one wrote:
Yes, AKA "Depressed."


Hmmm.. you're probably correct.



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17 May 2021, 9:48 pm

Thankfully I've built up a lot of self-reference to keep going, I used to feel the way you describe more often though.


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24 May 2021, 4:23 pm

Yes, I've always felt lost, not in a the physical sense;rather, never knowing where to go in life. Basically; whereas; everyone else in my life whom were able to find out what they were good at in terms of occupational interests and chose to pursue them wholeheartedly, I wound up figuring such out very late and life and even then was constantly detoured and roadblocked intentionally.. Well; I apologize for rambling, yet felt this respond might be appropriate as it pertains to the original post.


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