Coding as Church
Recently I started work on coding a WordPress theme that was based on a Tumblr theme I made for a friend. The modifications were intensive, and it took a lot of work to get the theme even working. Let alone comply with WordPress’s standards for development.
I stayed up until 3am that night. I felt a strange feeling of content that I hadn’t felt in a long time. It reminded me of the way would feel going to bed after a day of celebrating religious ritual with the heathen kindred I used to know. I felt like my work that day had been the work I should be doing every day.
In a way, it felt like going to church.
Since this happened, I’ve tried to work coding into my schedule daily. Sometimes I don’t get to it, but most days I do. Finding apps for my phone and iPad that allow me to work away from my computer is a huge help.
The benefits in my daily life have been astounding. My bosses at work constantly tell me how cheerful I am lately. I’ve been better able to plan my days and stick to those plans. I feel more in control of my own mind and better able to deal with my mental illnesses, despite currently being unmedicated. The dreaded “brain fog” that I share with many spoonies is less severe and easier to overcome. Even sleep feels more restful than it previously did.
Now how much of this is because I’ve made a habit of daily brain engagement versus things like hormone levels naturally changing, or diet, or some other factor? I can’t be sure. Unfortunately, I am not actually able to study myself to this degree. But, I believe that my coding habit is helping. I believe it is beneficial to my daily life. And I’m going to stick with it if I can!
What About You?
What activities make you feel like church” – fulfilled and content? Is there a way for you to work these activities into your daily life, even in a small way? (For example, if your thing is gardening, but it’s winter – or you don’t have the spoons – can you grow a plant indoors? Or take a walk outside, if there are trees and bushes around? Even looking at pictures of green and growing things might help.)
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