Operation Overload

| March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hi, I’m Shannon, and I’m an addict of passionate people, community, and organizations.

Hi, Shannon.

Welcome to the group. We’ve provided a list of conversational symptoms for your convenience:

Social justice person #34542: Yeah, I just think everyone should care about __________. It has so many economic and social implications, and it should definitely be integrated into education, policy, and the market. You should come to our meeting next week if you’re interested. 

Me: Oh wow, I didn’t know that _________ was so important! I’ll definitely be at the meeting and get more involved!

(Five minutes later….)

Guess which one is me.

Guess which one is me.


Activity person #480q934: It’s true!  _________ has helped me grow so much. It really relieves a lot of stress and I’ve met such amazing people. You should it out next time we all ________.

Me: That sounds awesome! I’ll be there. I’d love to be a part of that! It seems to important to be a well-rounded person.

(Three years later….)

Friend #348044: I never see you! You’re always so busy, and you have an addiction to joining new organizations! Sorry, but it’s time to stage an intervention. This addiction is getting out of hand– it’s taking over your life!



In my mind, this is how I imagine a meeting for recovering overloaders would begin. It’s not entirely different from a stage intervention that took place moments in my house after my complaining about not having enough time to see friends or actually perform any of my obligations well and out of sincere love. But we over loaders– hell bent on pushing ourselves to learn and grow more by taking on more and more and more and more commitments, would never be one to admit that perhaps, it’s really not beneficial for us to take on a new hobby, join a new club, or participate in another social justice rally.

What am I afraid that I will miss out on? Perhaps I become interested in something so long as it is new and exciting before I switch to something else. Maybe I don’t want to be defined by one interest or organization. Perhaps I’m afraid I will stop growing and morph into someone too content to get uncomfortable.

But what happens when getting comfortable, committed, and dedicated, is actually uncomfortable. What happens when the new is comfortable and the old isn’t? When we flutter from one organization to the next, looking to find a place carved out perfectly in our shape, but afraid to conform to the shape available? What then?

Well, then you wind up in a meeting with recovering overloaders. Sign me up for that commitment, because it seems like I would learn a lot. These, finally, are my people.


Session complete. Meet back next week to talk about getting rid of your other meetings.

Optional: Social justice retreat and bonding event this Saturday while learning to white water raft. Sign below to attend. Limited spots available.



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Shannon originally hails from Hotlanta and still adjusting to the inclement winter weather in Boston. Shannon studies International Relations and Environmental Analysis and Policy, focusing on African and development. Shannon wants to see the world transformed, starting with herself. When she's not watching Cool Runnings, you can typically find Shannon wandering around aimlessly, swing dancing, or lounging around on her hammock.

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