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PostSubject: I'm having an existential crisis...   Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:56 am

Okay, maybe not really.

But I am struggling with something a little weird.

Recently, some things that I love - certain books, some of the music I've loved for years - just hasn't appealed to me. It's like I'm suffering depression but I'm not depressed.

Has anyone else had this happen?
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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:17 am

Yes, I've had this happen before and I wasn't depressed either.  But after a while, those things began to appeal to me again.  So fear not.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:34 am

Sometimes it's a growing process and you move away from those things.  I used to game quite a bit and loved it.  Now, the appeal is gone.  It started waning and got to the point where I haven't played any involved games in several years.  The only game I play online these days is Chess.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:30 pm

ishmael81 wrote:
Okay, maybe not really.

But I am struggling with something a little weird.

Recently, some things that I love - certain books, some of the music I've loved for years - just hasn't appealed to me. It's like I'm suffering depression but I'm not depressed.

Has anyone else had this happen?

This happened to me with an author.  I used to love Robert Heinlien and read nearly all of his works.  I had one of the last books he had written in hardback and held onto it for years without reading it (because he was long dead and wouldn't be writing anymore).  I recently read it here about a year ago and did not enjoy it at all.  I went back and reread two more of his books and for the most part found that I didn't really care for them that much either.

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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:19 pm

That's about where I am Staybrite. It's mainly music. There's about 5 or 6 bands that I used to love and now when I hear them (I listen on shuffle a lot) I'm just bored with them.

The issue is I don't know if I should keep the discs or what. I'd hate to trade off a bunch of stuff and want it again in 2 years.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:25 pm

You can give those CDs to me for . . . uh, safe keeping . . . yeah, safe keeping  Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:53 pm

I've felt that way for over a year now.  I just don't seem to "need" metal so much now.  I've really taken a liking to blues and have enjoyed discovering some new artists in the Christian scene and rediscovering a few secular artists as well like Stevie Ray and ZZ Top.  In the cigar box guitar realm, most artists are blues in nature, so I have been listening to alot of CBG artists as well.  I still like my metal, but I just don't feel as drawn to it as I once was.

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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:00 pm

Life moves in seasons.  Sometimes our soul/spirit/mind needs something different than others.  I'm coming out of a season where all I wanted to listen to was stuff like The Civil Wars and outlaw country.  Now I'm in an extreme metal/goth/darkwave phase.  I'd ride it out and see where it takes you.  Trust me, I'm a doctor.  Ok, maybe not THAT kind of doctor, but it's still true.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:56 pm

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Life moves in seasons.  Sometimes our soul/spirit/mind needs something different than others.  I'm coming out of a season where all I wanted to listen to was stuff like The Civil Wars and outlaw country.  Now I'm in an extreme metal/goth/darkwave phase.  I'd ride it out and see where it takes you.  Trust me, I'm a doctor.  Ok, maybe not THAT kind of doctor, but it's still true.


I see what you did there.....now stop it!  lol!

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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:12 pm

I go through phases myself... unfortunately mine IS linked to clinical depression.  Sometimes I think that's why my musical tastes are very eclectic -multiple mood swings call for multiple styles of music... then I have some really low points when I cannot even bring myself to listen to anything but silence.

I always ride the "swings" out and eventually I find my way back to the desire to spin tunes again.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:01 am

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then I have some really low points when I cannot even bring myself to listen to anything but silence.

Sometimes after a particularly loud and chaotic day in our special needs classroom, I experience sensory overload.  You feel like you're in a fog and every little noise sets you off.  On those days, I turn the radio off and just drive in silence.  Sometimes, I have to sit in silence for a while when I get home just to not become grouchy for literally no reason.

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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:36 pm

Good point G/F. At least once a week - usually more like 3 - I listen to a podcast on the way to and from work. It helps.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:01 pm

There was a time when I was huge on thrash. Now, I hardly listen to any. I'm sure I'll soon be bummed out on Rush, The Police, elim Hall, and all the other bands I spin these days.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm having an existential crisis...   Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:47 am

Mine comes in seasons. For example, now that cool weather is here I love to listen to Journey "Evolution". That is a GREAT album and brings back memories of high school during the autumn months and living in East Tennessee. In the summer I enjoy listening to Van Hagar because that is what was popular when I was in high school during the summer (same with The Outfield). I have a few other "fall" and "summer" bands that i only listen to during those months but the rest of the year it's "ehh". Christian Metal I listen to year round but there are some bands I get tired of and put them on the shelf for a while, as much as a couple of years. But I would never dump any of it in case I wanted to hear it at a later date.
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