Just some non-infosec-specific thoughts regarding things I’ve learned about dealing with burnout, and the really bad days:
- Steve, Diane, Kay, Erica, Bryan, and Anna taught me that sometimes you just find family when it’s needed. (Say yes to seeing your friends, even when you’re indescribably exhausted.)
- Jack taught me to have a breakdown plan.
- Col E. taught me that it’s not weakness to ask for help when you really need it.
- Rance taught me that sometimes you have to put on the chicken hat and dance besides it all.
- D.T. taught me that you can be lying there missing a leg in the hospital, then marry your nurse.
- Johnny taught me that even on a really crappy day, a lightsaber battle is still okay.
- Selena taught me that writing about the worst situations can help you face them (and help other people, too).
- Reggie taught me that however messed up things are, it’s not too late to reconcile with people you fought with honorably, like a true samurai.
- 60 hackers confirmed that our community is real, and if you’re not a dreadful person both the “black hat” and “white hat” people in it might send cards and books to a person across the planet who needs them, without prompting or asking questions.
- Jodi taught me be unapologetically your own self, and keep fighting and screaming at what’s wrong in the world, even when the world is beating you down.
- Two ER visits and permanent health damage have taught me that there are repercussions for not taking care of yourself under continual and intense stress.
- Completely impossible situations taught me that you never really know what you’re capable of dealing with until you’re faced with one. Overcoming those obstacles are the memories you keep.
I hope someday when you are going through an impossible time, you can come back to this post and find some help and hope.