How my friends caught me out

This post was written by Megan on January 19, 2011
Posted Under: burnout and recovery,burnout signs and symptoms

It's time for the confessional box. Three friends recently have 'outed' me for archetypal burnout-inducing behaviour. Here's what happened…

Making breakfast

A wildlife photographer buddy recently returned from a world trip. He had toured Japan, Turkey, South America and eastern block Europe. He had seen a lot of life – and of how different people and animals live. Watching me make poached eggs on toast for breakfast, he thought I was on speed and quite possibly insane. Apparently, the pace at which I moved around the kitchen was not how one eases into a new day, no matter where you're from.

How one hurries the poaching of an egg, I'm not entirely sure. But I seem to do it on a daily basis.


Eating lunch

Yesterday another friend of mine – a gorgeous American who has spent a good slab of her life in the throbbing metropolis of New York City – watched me inhale my gourmet burger. By the look in her eyes it must of been akin to watching a cassowary swallow eight oranges whole – one after the other.

I witnessed a cassowary do this with my own eyes, by the way. The shape of the unchewed orange can be clearly seen falling down the long throat like an enormous marble. Quite impressive.

My friend diplomatically commented "You really needed that burger!". I really did. I was ravenous. But I'm always ravenous. What I really needed was to spend time actually chewing my food THEN digesting.


Moving furniture

My partner's natural medicine clinic in Brisbane was in danger of going underwater with the recent floods. So we moved some of the contents to higher ground. The rest were hoisted to above the predicted flood level. Fortunately, it didn't flood at all, so before long we were moving everything back.

A large leather armchair was balancing at the top of some bookshelves. I was determined to get it down. Standing on an office chair, I groaned while hauling this cumbersome thing down to my friend who waited wide-eyed, wondering if we were both going to end up at the chiropractor. "I'm seeing I different side to you today. You're kind of…obsessive, aren't you?"

Yes, I am, but we got the chair down….I just had to spend the next two days in bed, is all.


Final confession

While writing this 'exposure post' an embarrassing childhood memory has surfaced. Guess who was my icon when I was a kid? The Bionic Woman. It was TV show spin-off from the Six Million Dollar Man. I'm talking the original Bionic Woman played by the tanned and very blonde Lindsay Wagner. I was even part of the official fan club.

Apparently they bought the show back in 2007, starring a dark-haired Michelle Ryan. But it didn't last a year. Perhaps blonde would have worked better. Or maybe it's because we assume we're all now bionic people - ?

I guess I still think I am bionic, even while feeling so tired and icky. Obviously, it's time to pull the plug on that piece of science fiction. Having a vocal audience has helped me to see that. 


This post was written by Megan Hills. Megan is a writer and cartoonist who has spent much of her life making the Bionic Woman 'ch-ch-ch-ch' noise while running from one task to another.  Find out more about Megan

Reader Comments

I will think of you as the bionic woman! (rather than the cassowary)  :)

At least you don't eat in front of the laptop, like us.

Written By the american on January 19th, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

I LOVED the Bionic Woman too!!! My family still teases me….hee hee!!

Written By Celia on February 7th, 2011 @ 11:34 am

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