Now onto something else…
Odd that you mention the “cup of tea and fag” thing. Let me tell you about something that I noticed last year that befuddled me (so much so that I actually started at thread on this on a music forum that I was posting on at the time):
The background (short version hopefully) is that I have always been very seriously into my music. I may have mentioned somewhere that I (apparently) started banging on my mother’s piano when I was about three years old. Went for lessons throughout school. Came out the other side as a classically trained pianist. But even since my school days: I’ve always been heavily into hard rock and heavy metal (not this new age crap). And in particular: Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio). And I have ALWAYS just wanted to be able to play the electric guitar. So: have on two occasions before this last stint run out and bought the very best of guitars and stuff (been very fortunate throughout my life when it’s come to money to be honest) (and but one of the reasons why this current situation has hit me so hard). At least twice tried to put a band together (but too young, drinking too much, dismal failures). And to boot: have never been able to get the guitar right (although truth be told I think it was more due to lack of effort than anything else). Then: last time I got a sizeable chunk of money I again went out and bought some lovely stuff. And I battled and battled AGAIN. Except THIS time there’s been no drinking and mucking about i.e. been very serious about it this time around. But (and here’s the point of the story): what I started finding was that I would sit for HOURS and HOURS and DAY after DAY trying to get a guitar solo right or something like that. And I JUST could not get it right. To the point where it was actually driving me nuts. So after a few days I’d just give up in sheer frustration. BUT THEN I started noticing a pattern. Stuff that I’d been battling with almost obsessively just seemed to almost just come naturally after having stepped away for a few days. In other words: I would bust my chops trying to get something right that I just could not get right and almost to the point of obsession. So then I’d give it a break. And when I then went back into my studio (which I had at the time) I could actually just pick the thing up and play what I was trying to get right almost as if I’d been doing it for YEARS.
Now as noted: I started a whole discussion on this on a music forum. Turns out there’s nothing wrong with me (I was getting worried at some point to be honest). Your BRAIN needs time to almost “collate” what you’ve been trying to do with your hands (in the context of something like playing a guitar). And it cannot do this without a break. Now how is that for interesting???
And NOW let me tell you something that’s pertinent (after this WHOLE long story above):
I have seen it with my trading!!! As many will know: I spent YEARS and YEARS obsessed with this business. NEVER gave it a break for YEARS. Not for a DAY. Even on weekends I’d be sitting tampering with SOMETHING trading related. And I JUST could not see the wood for the trees. Alright: due to my losses I was FORCED to go out and make money another way. But here’s the thing: when I came back to it even five years ago: it was with much clarity. But it gets better. I NEVER EVER thought I’d be able to trade intraday or short term. And that is the only way I’m now paying the bills!!! And I cannot tell you at how surprised I am and even on a DAILY basis now with the sheer CLARITY of what I’m seeing and how I’m trading. Never ever thought I’d get this right. And I can tell you this much: given the SAME tools and the SAME trading systems and methodologies BACK THEN I would STILL have failed. What I’m saying is that my HAVING to step away is what made the difference. I am SURE of it. It’s almost as if my brain had stored up YEARS worth of ALL of this information that I spent so much time absorbing. But it could not do anything with the mish mash of information at the time and somehow needed to “collate” it or “file it away” before it became of any use to me.
So there you have it. Some things that I thought were worth a mention anyway.