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Travelling Displacement
Posted Oct 28, 2009 - 9:16:31

It's a bird, it's a plane... no wait, it's a bird. So every time I travel for any length of time, when I get back home and try to settle back into my routine... things just feel off for a while. The longer the trip, the longer I feel like this.

I've been back since Sunday night, but I took off Monday from work (so I could rest for an actual day). When I got back to work on Tuesday, my brain just refused to remember how to do certain things. Everything just felt off. If I was asked a question, it would take a good twenty seconds to figure out what someone was talking about -- in situations where I usually have the answer instantly.

It's like I got home, but my brain is still in transit. Somewhere over the eastern continental United States my mind is still slogging along, trying to get back home to Wisconsin.

The entire experience is just bizarre, and I can't shake the feeling that something is off.

It's not just work, but in all aspects of my life. Last night I felt like I needed to go to bed at 8:30pm. Time zone changes considered, that's still way too early for any human being. I also find myself spacing out where ever I happen to be at any given moment. I'll forget what I'm saying halfway through a sentence, and I'm doing everyone's favorite to laugh at: Word switches.

This isn't unique to when I'm flying, but that seems to accentuate it. When I abandon my daily routine for a few days, reinserting myself back into it takes time to adjust and get back into the groove. Historically I was a student (or working retail), and I used to do most of my travel in the summer. When you're spacing out about your daily routine and you don't have an responsibilities, no one notices (or in the case of retail, no one is paying attention). Not so in normal life... and thankfully I've been able to stay on the ball at work -- but it's taking all my efforts to do so.

I still feel out of it today, but more into it than yesterday. I'm sure by the end of the week I'll get back into the swing of things... but until then, everything is just going to feel off.

And that's just bizarre.
- Traegorn

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Totally know what you are talking about.  Last week after having 3 days off in a row (for taking care of Anya after her hospital stay), I got back to work and I didn't know what was going on and I felt detacted and lost.  So this post makes total sense to me.
actually this is quite common for me. Like when I spend a weekend off(such as for No Brand Con) and then I come back on Monday with post con depression, I learn things have changed on the job and it feels weird. So essentially I too feel weird when I come back to work after a break.
Are you at least enjoying the Flogging Molly?  Also, going to bed at nine-thirty is nonnegotiable in my case, but to be fair, getting up at quarter to five every morning is a killer.  I sometimes doubt my own humanity these days.

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