Why I Write About Being a Spoonie

This week I wrote a lot about spoon theory and how it affects my life. Today I want to explain why I write about being a spoonie. Which, even though I think it should be obvious, is a thing people have asked me to do.

For a start, it does impact every facet of my life. On a daily basis I prioritize things based on what must get done, what I feel I can realistically accomplish, and what would be nice to do if I have the energy for it. This is my reality, and that’s what this blog is nominally about, so of course I’m going to share it.

Second, it helps to set realistic expectations. My friends, family, and business associates understand that I do the best I can with what I’ve got. That requires me to do things in a certain way, and at a certain pace. I think that when there are fluctuations in the blog, and in my creative output in general, my readers deserve an explanation.

Finally, representation matters. For years I was warned not to let people know about my chronic pain issues. Most spoonies that I know have been advised to not talk about their “invisible illnesses” like depression and anxiety. Employers won’t hire us if they know. People will make fun of us. It’s bullshit. The stigma needs to end. The only way for that to happen is for people to talk openly and honestly about these things.

In Case You Missed It

Here are some of the cornerstone posts I’ve written spoon theory and being a spoonie.

Why I Write About Being a Spoonie

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About Berin Kinsman

Berin Kinsman is a writer, simple living minimalist, and spoonie. By day he works as the owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.

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