Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Suffering from PCS

Currently listening to Spotify.  Playing Norah Jones' Come Away With Me.

For those of you who aren't aware of this terrible sickness, PCS stands for Perfect Confluence of Suckage.  The original post with definition can be found on the amazingly talented J.B. Lynn's blog.

She first introduced me to the signs and symptoms of PCS, and I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't something everyone faces at some point or another.

Today is my day.  One of those days where you trip, catch yourself, fall anyway, get up bruised only to trip and fall again.  But all of the falling is emotional and metaphorical - luckily I have yet to actually trip and fall today.

The thing about PCS is it's the enemy trying to get you down.  It tries to wheedle into your brain and tell you how awful and incapable you are.  It uses your friends, family, coworkers, and even random strangers to make you feel like you don't count, that your passion is irrelevant, and that you aren't good at what you  do.

But just like J.B., I intend to defeat PCS (twitter hashtag #downwithPCS).

When you're feeling low, beaten, under appreciated  and even unworthy, you have to remember these things aren't true.  You aren't that person.  You have value no matter WHAT a close friend said to make you feel like you were next to nothing.

Hopefully, that friend didn't mean it how it sounded - and even if he did, he probably didn't realize how it would affect you.  You can't beat PCS by waiting for that friend to apologize...

You have to beat PCS by remembering that bad days happen.  Sometimes life sucks.  Buck up and move on!
The enemy can't take you down if you're picking yourself up by your boot straps and taking PCS head on.

Some laugh in the face of danger, but maybe on a day when you're suffering, it's best to laugh in the face of this sickness.  You are stronger than the Perfect Confluence of Suckage.  You are stronger than the negative comments that may or may not be sincere.

And when you are having trouble picking yourself up, call the friend or family member who will understand and help you stand.  You don't have to do everything alone.  I have a group of writer friends who remind me that I am a writer and I do serve a purpose, even if most of my non-writer friends don't care to acknowledge how passionate I am about it.

So put on your armor and face the days filled with PCS.  Mine is over...and it truly was suckage (this genius got herself disqualified from a contest for not paying close enough attention)...but tomorrow is a new day, and it WILL be better.

It can only go up from here.  There's always hope.

Join us.  Write your story.  Down with PCS!

If you're curious, you can find me on twitter @KelseyRaeK.  Let me know if you've been here.  Just tweet me and hashtag #downwithPCS.


Don't forget! For every five new followers we'll be giving away one of these fun monkeys to random selected commentors. Join in the fun - and tell your friends!


Autumn said...

I'm not just commenting for a chance at one of those sweet monkeys! I'm commenting to say that I enjoy reading what you have to say. Keep up the amazing work!

JB Lynn said...

I'm sorry you're battling PCS.

As one who has been there and who knows the symptoms will no doubt return, I applaud your valiant fight against this insidious malady.

Stephanie Pazicni Karfelt said...

PCS is chronic but not fatal. Your story rocked btw, doesn't matter who won on someone's page, Dear. You're a winner just the same. You just can't be fenced in. So rock your blue, you born violator you. You're in good company in the jungle.

Kelsey-plain and simple said...

Autumn - Thanks so much! One more follower and we send out some monkeys so you've got good odds ;)

Kelsey-plain and simple said...

JB, it's a sickness we all must face at times. I'm just thankful you named it so well!

Kelsey-plain and simple said...

Stephanie, you rock my socks off just by being an awesome individual and friend. I'm glad I know you :)

Anonymous said...

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Caleb Scotson said...

This was helpful for me today Kelsey, Thank you.

I have known the battle of PCS as you and your friend have put it. I can be hard on myself and being reminded "you don't have to do everything alone" is always something I need to hear.

My PCS moment will end up costing my place of work some money.... but everyone has been understanding and gracious so on I will march.

It is always enjoy seeing others passions at work. Keep up your wonderful writing!

JJ Carroll said...

I have PCS and want a monkey to help cope ;)

Kelsey-plain and simple said...


It's always nice when you receive kindness instead of scorn after a dilemma. Glad to hear you aren't in trouble :)

JJ - Get me another follower and maybe you'll get a monkey ;)

Anonymous said...

Heya this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding expertise so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Kelsey-plain and simple said...

That is something I don't know. I don't do anything manually :). I just type and then post! I don't know if that answers any questions...but that's all I can give!

Anonymous said...

PCS is a persistent sucker, isn't it? I think you hit it dead on the head with the reminder that day's are going to suck sometimes- they can't all be first row on the best roller coaster ever (or last row, whichever you like best).

I needed this AGAIN today. The last time I'd read it, the PCS was a bit overwhelming, but so helpful again today. I wish PCS had a face so I could punch it. But this blog post does that pretty well already.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic post, I really look forward to updates from you.

SA Larsenッ said...

Great post, Kelsey. Glad I met you over on the FB blog exchange. Followed back!