Take a look at my picture. I just took it a few minutes ago. Yeah, "so what?," you might say. But take a closer look...towards the left side of my chin. I first noticed it yesterday while shaving, and at first I thought nothing about it, but that roundish, hairless spot is even visible when I'm cleanly shaven. I have a problem!
First thing this morning I sought out the school nurse to see what her take was on this enigma. "Alopecia," she said right away. (Alopecia is a localized hair loss condition that can happen anywhere on the body.)
"What causes it?," I asked.
"Could be lots of things...hereditary, medication...Have you ever had this before?"
"Uh oh, that's not good."
I already knew then what the problem was. "Could it be stress-related?"
That's what I suspected. As you might imagine from the scarcity of pieces I've been putting out here, there, and anywhere, I've been super-busy lately. I've been burning the proverbial candle not only at both ends, but somewhere in the middle, too.
My job has been super-stressful this year...I barely have time too snarf down some food during the day, and my work's never even finished with the work day. I tell ya, I could work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and still not catch up. Before I can tackle one thing, three more pop up. It's so frustrating!
Then I work two other jobs, one tutoring twice a week after school and the other a nighttime ESL class for adults. I do it for the much-needed money, but obviously it's starting to take a toll on me physically. Pair all of that with a more than averagely active social life and very little sleep and you've got the makings for disaster, especially at my age.
So, I think...no, I know! I've got to make some changes. I've got to figure out what to cut out and what to change for the better, or else! You'd have thought I would have begun by now, having discovered this more than 24 hours ago, but here it is, well after 11 p.m. and here I sit, typing away. I can't worry about that, though. Just gotta move forward, keeping my eyes on the goal here. First, I have to see a doctor. Stay tuned and let's see what happens. All I can say is I need to focus. Time to revisit Dan Millman...This is serious!