Can you have too much new? Too much different. Too much change. And if yes, where’s the line? Where do you cross over from “oh, this is good-new and just the right amount” to “blegh, this is too-much-new and now I feel anxious and not-so-good.”
I crossed over last night. I’m working on a new project that involves multiple levels of things I do not easily embrace (ahem, technology). I fully recognize the utility of technology for connecting people when you are unable to do so in person. But I still don’t quite like it.
So last night I was faced with four different technology things and none of them were comfortable. All served a certain utility. Working with one was alright, uncomfortable and new but I could deal. When I added number two I was inching towards that invisible line of blechiness. Then somewhere between three and four it happened. That feeling of tense, anxious, anger in my gut and body. Too much new.
I had a monumental moment of grumpiness. Then I closed it all down and read a book (a paper book with pages and a cover and no technology thank you). Things looked better this morning.
So if I were my own best friend I would tell myself to keep pushing forward with learning new things. Do not stop because it’s uncomfortable or new. Eventually it will not be new. And if I reach that moment of “too much new” take a break. Come back to it later. Get some sleep. Read a book. Embrace changes and newness but it’s okay to do it in pieces with pauses in between too.