If you’re reading this first thing in the morning then you’re obviously punch-drunk and not in control of your faculties, but most importantly, you may have proved my point for today.
If not, think further back to those first blissful moments of consciousness and the quasi-amnesia that often accompanies them.
#67: How You Feel When You First Wake Up.
We’ll sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to forget our troubles and even our entire identity. We create false personas on social media. We use assumed names while on vacation. The truly bold will become more vivacious, uninhibited models of depravity on party lines and online chat rooms than they would ever be in real life. I’ve never felt the need to go these extremes; “The Hook” and Robert Hookey are one and the same in every way.
But I’m the exception to thousands of society’s (and nature’s) rules.
And if you’re like me the only time you “forget” everything about yourself is when finally slip free of the Sandman’s power and you awaken to begin a new day. In those initial seconds you are experiencing a state of Tabula rasa (a Latin phrase often translated as “blank slate”, or “Trumpian mindset” in English) and you could be anyone, anywhere.
It’s actually quite cool if you think about it.
Which I have, for you.
Regardless of your pain, your challenges, the state of your life, we are all the same when experiencing this form of temporary memory loss. Your body is just starting to spring back to life and your mind has yet to catch up. And so in those nanoseconds you have to search for your character and circumstances. Some of us even ask questions like:
“How much did I have to drink (or smoke) last night?”
“Did I really get a tattoo of Herve Vilchez in Korea town?”
“Who’s the midget?”
Nevertheless, until everything resets you are free of your current situation, whether it’s good or bad, and there’ something beautiful about that. It also illustrates that pain and depression can be a state of mind that are within your ability to control, to a certain degree at least.
So try to enjoy the Tabula rasa the next time you wake up, it could give you the perspective you need to carry on.
See you in the lobby, kids…