thinking about how one of the ways growing up & living with delayed sleep phase disorder is, nearly all of my memories of mornings and things happening in mornings have been under fairly extreme sleep deprivation
and it's weirdly bittersweet. it's one of the first ways I learned to experiment with altering my consciousness.
but it fucks you up. & everyone demands it from you! think about what it's like when your family, friends, workplace, constantly pressure you to function impaired.
staying up all night can worsen non-24 sleep rhythms, but guess what's the only reliable way for me to be standing up at 8 am?
job interview, you say? congratulations you are semi delirious good luck 🤪
remembering when Tumblr started censoring the existence of certain search tags so they wouldn't autosuggest themselves but misspellings of them were not de-indexed so if you started typing "self" it would helpfully suggest "self ham"
in general, replacing "harm" with "ham" in sentences and phrases generates a funny result. do no ham. hamful behavior. ham to minors
thinking, today, sidelong to a couple of conversations, about how sometimes negative ethnic stereotypes just boil down to "they act like they're at war with us," when in fact, the people in question ARE being warred on, frequently without it being reported that way
thinking about the time a friend of mine, who was Romani, found a news article about Romani people stripping the buildings they lived in for parts, and wished she could find the missing pieces of the story - it was cast in a disparaging light but must have been from desperation.
like, it's possible they had been forced to live there, or systematically denied access to resources other than the buildings they lived in, or both, or something else entirely - living under threat inherently comes with different incentives, different motivations, for everyone.
As a society we don't talk NEARLY enough about the way a toxic job environment can mess with your head 24/7 just like an abusive relationship can.
Kids absolutely NEED to hear warnings about this before they're old enough to work, and adults need frequent reminders.
The values our society applies to work were formed around the expectation of a two-way loyalty bond between employer and employee - that if you gave years of your life to a company, you could expect a good standard of living through life and retirement.
This is a fake lie.
It used to be a SOMEWHAT romanticized myth - reality wasn't always that ideal, but still many of these kinds of secure jobs were available.
So boomers often don't comprehend that later generations have been conditioned to accept abuse and disposability from the start.
1) Oral-dissolving zinc supplementation can block replication of upper respiratory viruses. The key point is keeping a high concentration of zinc in your throat area as much as possible - suck on lozenges or tablet fragments all day.
2) This works for colds, but it's a hassle. People don't want to bother with tasting zinc all day starting at the first sign of a sniffle in order to have a milder and shorter cold. But for a more serious virus, that can make a big difference.