I’m not a fan of Survival Mode.

But, there’s also a really good reason to be in Survival Mode.

Ya know. It’s the whole “survival” thing.

My bias against Survival Mode comes from this strange place inside of me. Honestly, I’m not sure it’s something I can talk about and actually make sense to other people. So, it’s handy that I’m doing it here on the internet, because there’s such a low bar for making sense out here. So I have that going for me… which is nice.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with Survival Mode – it’s there for a reason and it serves a purpose. But like a lot of positives, it become a negative when it becomes overused. Sort of like when the only tool you have in your box is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. Get into any kind of crisis? Boom. Survival Mode to the rescue. Bonus points if you don’t even have to change address because you’re already there.

And that’s where I’ve been before. Living in the Survival Mode zipcode and thinking that there’s no way out. Figuring this is how it’s always going to be.

And the problem is… I actually do pretty well in Survival Mode. Turns out that when faced with some kind of crisis, I focus and rally pretty good while getting a whole lotta shit done. I mean, yeah… the returns diminish after a couple years when the adrenaline wears a little thin, but there’s always coffee, right?