Have you ever felt like your surroundings are closing in on you? Like, no matter how spacious your surroundings, if you don’t rearrange the furniture, put on a new coat of paint, or outright remodel your room you’ll go nuts…
Nah, me either. That’d just be a bit too crazy, right?
The truth is, I feel that way fairly often. It would probably surprise the people who know just how much I focus on routine. I have a clothing rotation! Yes, I wear the same outfit every Monday, and a different (though similar) one every Tuesday, and so on. I decide exactly what I’ll wear each day and I rarely switch it up. If I drive somewhere I’ll almost always take the exact same route to get there. Not because it’s more efficient, but because it’s more familiar. If I go to a restaurant, you could predict exactly what I’ll order. Probably because it’s the same thing I ordered last time, and the time before that.
And yet. Despite my staunchly static patterns, having any one room in my house stay the same for an extended period of time (anywhere between 3 months and 2 years) drives me crazy. The same goes for my desk at work. I’ll move a shelf from one side of the desk to another, or rotate a monitor, or maybe just change the arrangement of bric-a-brac on my shelf. I can predict how long I’ll last based on how I feel. If I start feeling restless and uneasy, guess what’s around the corner? Well, my wife knows.
I have some theories about where my restlessness comes from. My family moved a bunch during my childhood. I mean, really, a lot. If I had to guess, I’d say that has something to do with going stir-crazy every so often. I also tend to associate rearranging a room with feeling better and doing better. I’m sure a lot of that comes with the whole stir crazy thing.
When I was thinking about this topic and what to write, I actually Googled “stir crazy”. Like most Google searches, Wikipedia‘s article on “Stir Crazy” was the first result. Although the etymology doesn’t apply at all, the modern usage of the term describes me completely. Then I saw the “See Also” section at the bottom and I had to laugh. My all-time favorite movie is Muppet Treasure Island, and in that movie there’s a song called “Cabin Fever”. It’s hilarious and my entire family would blare that song and sing along whenever we went on trips. It’s a fun memory.
So why bother writing about going stir crazy? Because I’m feeling pent in and my anxiety levels are slowly rising, and I’m having thoughts like: “Hey, would the TV look good over there instead of where it is? And what about this couch, I think it would be cool to have it over there. Oh! Monkey’s desk can go over there! “(Monkey is what I’ll call my little boy, for future reference.) That’d be all well and good, but I’m not sure I’m at the point where I’m ready to face the well-meaning but slightly exasperated look my wife gives me when I start talking about re-arranging the room. Again.
You see, she doesn’t have the same problem I do. She’d be just fine if all our furniture stayed in the same place for years on end. Sure, we move it to clean under or behind it. We move it when we have something that necessitates it. Otherwise, why fix something that ain’t broke? She lived in the same house from the time she was born until her parents moved while she was in college. I just can’t imagine that!
What it comes down to is this: I need a change in surroundings. It’ll probably be the family room…again.
Life Lesson Learned: I’ve got cabin fever. It’s burning in my brain! I’ve got cabin fever. It’s driving me insane!
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Muppet Treasure Island is my favorite movie. I highly recommend it!
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