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  1. #151
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    I am a minimalist.

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    UL, I have thought that for years but for some reason her and boyfriend won’t move. I even left my elderly mother once my dad died and she encouraged us to do so. I really don’t get it.

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    Late to the party, but feeling a need to chime in - newgig, from one hoarder to another - welcome.

    Ultralight, of course we can control it. It’s just very very hard. Like controlling your food intake.

    i am ok with “crazy” I personally feel like most people have their own particular brand of crazy. My behavior is often insane, but I feel like applying the label to a person denies any moments of lucidity.

    struggles with executive function make it difficult to manage one’s life. OTOH, looking at my family, home, job, and lifestyle, I seem to have managed mine better than most. It helps that I was dealt a good hand to play.

    you can also add me to the column of those in the helping professions who think a high percentage is manure flung wildly by incompetent labor. Seeing how they make the sausage can quickly turn you vegetarian (says the vegetarian goat and chicken lady)

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    Quote Originally Posted by artist View Post
    I am a minimalist.
    Do tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken lady View Post
    Late to the party, but feeling a need to chime in - newgig, from one hoarder to another - welcome.

    Ultralight, of course we can control it. It’s just very very hard. Like controlling your food intake.

    i am ok with “crazy” I personally feel like most people have their own particular brand of crazy. My behavior is often insane, but I feel like applying the label to a person denies any moments of lucidity.

    struggles with executive function make it difficult to manage one’s life. OTOH, looking at my family, home, job, and lifestyle, I seem to have managed mine better than most. It helps that I was dealt a good hand to play.

    you can also add me to the column of those in the helping professions who think a high percentage is manure flung wildly by incompetent labor. Seeing how they make the sausage can quickly turn you vegetarian (says the vegetarian goat and chicken lady)
    I am not so sure I can control my food intake.

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    Sometimes you want pancakes and you don’t eat them.

    sometimes you have to put yourself where there is no food available.

    sometimes you backslide.

    that is control - imperfect control, but control. Lack of control would be eating as much as you want, of whatever you want, whenever you want it.

    the hoarding is similar.

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    Exactly! What a great analogy!

    I never said I was resigned to or accepting of my hoarding, just that I know why it’s part of my life. I also never said the panic attacks which stopped me for decades were something I approached as: “Oh well, it’s part of my nature, I’ll live with it.”

    Some days I do better than others.

    Unknown to me several things had to happen first: I had to have the PTSD diagnosed (age 45). I had to do the trauma work and I had to finish the memoir. I am doing it, albeit slowly. Slowly because after many, many tries I’ve found if I charge ahead, I get the panic attacks again.

    i don’t know if this attempt will work any better than the 1001 previous attempts, all I can do is try.

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