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This Is Me Being Uncomfortable: Seasonal Affective Disorder (Ep. 003)

In this episode of This Is Me Being Uncomfortable, I mumble about seasonal affective disorder, low level depression, my son, and walking away from society’s norms

In this episode of This Is Me Being Uncomfortable, I mumble about the following:

  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • My son wanting to spend the day with me instead of going to pre-school
  • Our society’s (lack of) priorities

Listen to Episode 3

My current mental state

Also, I drew a picture of where I would sit if I drew a picture of my current mental state. I referenced this (at the time imaginary) drawing on today’s episode.

Image of my mental state, happy or sad, good or bad

How about you—winter blues hitting you hard? Leave a comment below or start a conversation on social media.

About This Is Me Being Uncomfortable

I’m not particularly comfortable or confident in speaking. As a matter of fact, I’ve often walked away feeling “stupid” after talking to someone. Hence, why I’m doing this: to face my fear. This Is Me Being Uncomfortable is a way for me to get my thoughts out of my head, and not always in written form. I’m fully aware that I don’t have the prettiest voice. You try being 6’4” tall from southern Virginia. Perhaps, I should add some soft music in the background, eh? If you’d like me to talk about a certain topic (writing, anxiety, meditation, life, death, and/or everything in between), contact me.

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By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.

6 replies on “This Is Me Being Uncomfortable: Seasonal Affective Disorder (Ep. 003)”

I made a jpg of my happiness level, but can’t post. It’s brilliant! BRILLIANT! (Actually, it’s not – it’s where I, a non-scientist, attempt to use a science metaphor. This is probably all for the best.)

There is NOTHING better than a Charlotte County accent. You can say anything and it’s exquisite.

Ha. It’s funny. I work with people all over the country (and often world) and they get a kick out of my accent. I will say, I don’t mumble quite as much as I once did.

Hi Jeff! It was nice listening to you. Your voice sounds a lot like your dad’s. I love the way you think & ponder the mysteries of life, and then share those musings with us. You rock!

Hello Colleen. Thanks for listening, even if it was painful. Ha. I think of it as pulling a thread and seeing where it will go. Sometimes that’s nowhere. I can hear my dad’s voice in my own now. Funny how that happens over time, particularly as you get older. I don’t mind. Nice reminder.

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