Almost quit my blog (but didn’t, thanks to


Almost quit my blog.
It happens almost every day.
It was getting kind of old,
I could say that no one reads it anyway.

But I didn’t, and I wonder why
I feel like letting my geek flag fly.
And I feel like I owe it to someone.

We, the entire editorial staff of–including our creative and ambitious copy editor who submitted the moving (but strangely familiar) lines above–admit to being burned out. Our exhaustive research bears this out; we have all of the classic signs and symptoms, including feelings of:

✓ Hopelessness
✓ Emotional exhaustion
✓ Detachment
✓ Isolation
✓ Irritability
✓ Frustration
✓ Being trapped
✓ Failure
✓ Despair
✓ Cynicism
✓ Apathy

“Dude, you’re thinking about the water crisis every day,” said our youngish and annoying therapist, as he sipped from his goddamn bottle of Evian, destroying what little credibility he had. “Dude, that’s asking for burnout!”

060224_bottled_water_big.jpgOur thoughts meandered as we impatiently listened to the smarmy whelp. Do you know how stupid it is to be drinking bottled water, you idiot? Do you know that it’s no more, and maybe less, healthy than tap water? Do you know that it’s often just tap water in a pretty package, anyway? Do you know it costs like, 10,000 times more than tap water? Do you ever read? Do you know that this is readily available information that you read or hear in reputable news outlets every goddamn day? Do you know what those bottles are doing to the planet? And we’re looking to you for advice? And stop saying dude. What’s the use? There’s nothing we can do about it. It all sucks. Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

But, we’re feeling better now. Not just because of the emotionally cathartic release of that heart-felt, drawn-out argh, but because our burnout research led us to, which should be the homepage of every victim of burnout. Their line of Demotivator products (such as the Burnout poster above) which increase success by lowering expectations, gives us, paradoxically, reason to carry on.


3 Responses

  1. Oh no, burnout…

    Well, just know, I appreciate your water blog very much!

  2. does anyone knows if there is any other information about this subject in other languages?

  3. A new news from Nepal !

    Mr. Appa Sherpa (19 times Mt.Everest climbed) claimed that he got water at 8000m height of Mt. Everest ! Do we believe?

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