“It’s too much to process” is something I hear people say, in my therapy groups and elsewhere.
“It’s too much to even process” is something Jimmy Kimmel said in his monologue last night about the Las Vegas mass shooting:
What do you do when it’s too much to process? Do you cry, like Jimmy Kimmel did? Is it numbing, a word Conan O’Brien used in his monologue about the largest mass shooting in U.S. history?
Do you ask, “How could this happen?” as Conan did there? Do you say, “It makes no sense to me”? “Something needs to change”? “I am truly heartbroken”?
When it’s too much to process, do you try to somehow make meaning of what’s happened? Do you try to get people to see things your way? Do you get angry? Do you give up? Do you take action? Do you try to block things from your mind? Do you distract yourself any way you can? Do you look for the good in people? Do you isolate? Do you blame? Do you pray? Do you look for any humor you can find, for moments of relief?
Here are more (usually) humorous people responding to the same too-much-to-process mass shooting:
It’s too much to process that Tom Petty is dead at age 66.
What do you do when it’s too much to process?
When it’s too much to process, I reach out to others.
I’m reaching out to you, here and now.
Feel free to process in a comment, below.
Thanks to all for processing with me today.