This I Believe

Rusty - Portland, Oregon
Entered on August 8, 2006
Age Group: 50 - 65
Themes: setbacks
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What’s it like?

One day you’re having a great time talking with an old friend over coffee and cookies and a few hours later you can’t talk, at least not so others can understand.

But just because you can’t talk doesn’t mean your mind is empty.

Quite the contrary.

Your mind is more full than ever in your life – overflowing – seeming sometimes to drown you in flashes of insight, trivia, great life questions and just plain psychic noise.

You crave the loving touch of those dear to you but instead they are all talk, talk, talking.

Talking too fast and repeating really stupid things over and over and over.

That’s what makes you crazy.