I know this is an “old cliche”, but the older I get the faster life is flying by. As a bored little kid I would hear my mom or dad say “There just isn’t enough time in a day!” I would roll my eyes, go climb a tree or hang out with my siblings. I now hear my mother in me every time I say that, almost daily.
Have been reading a lot, giving my wrists a break from the various repetitive chores I make them do. I have to have my hands busy or my head goes to some “weally dawk dawk places!” So with splints on my wrists, I’m kind of limited right now to what I can do. And i have this sneaking feeling that when I get back from vacation I will be having surgery on my left wrist. It has actually been a few years since I have had surgery, so why not? Rolling my eyes.
I am trying to stay away from the news. I find it so depressing, and some of it downright terrifying. I don’t want to be ignorant to what is going on in the world, but what can I? One middle aged quickly approaching Senior Citizen, creative mind do to change it? The other day I was remembering a time in my life where it was difficult to express my opinion on things. (Shut up, speaking to my friends, and they know who they are here!) Now? I just simply don’t have an opinion, or certainly not one I offer outside of my “safe circle”. This has what our Country has become. It’s so sad, pathetic actually. There is no more discussions, varying opinions spoken. I think we are nearing dangerous territory here.
Have been thinking about my mom. She considered herself a political activist in her later years. And let me tell you, if you were one to pick up her mail at the post office, you would agree! My political views are not based on how I was raised. They’re not based on my mothers opinion, or my fathers. For decades I stayed clear of it, I just didn’t want any part of it. And now? I don’t even consider voicing my opinions for fear of attacks. Who needs that? My views are based on what I have seen, read, learned in my life. It just so happens that for the last election my entire family (siblings included) voted the same direction. Amazing really, if you knew us!
I guess in some ways its easier, because I spend my time doing things that make me productive. But those sleepless nights when I pick up my phone and click on “news” i REGRET it each time I do this. Who the hell can sleep after they read what is going on in this world? And I’m not even talking about politics now. There is some pretty scary things happening, and some pretty scary people out there doing bad things! So I just stick close to home, and this isn’t good for me because I have a tendency to isolate anyways. I am fortunate that I have very good, intelligent, caring friends who check on me, and suggest when my social life is out of balance, or nonexistent. It’s safer!
Cabin Fever hit a couple weeks ago. We have been fortunate (in some ways) because we haven’t had a lot of snow this winter. It just makes winter so much easier. But I’m reminded of the good a blanketed snow covering does, too. But the polar vortex? Holy hell! We didn’t see it too bad here in Vermont, maybe -18 below or so. I mean, that’s cold, but nothing like what they had in Midwest. We’re talking some fairly unbelievable temps! Add windchill on, wowser! It was sad that there were fatalities in the double digits.
That’s about all I wanted to say. Finding I need to pick my writing back up, and have also enrolled in a writing class for next month. Rather excited about it. But at 57, man I find I can be pretty stupid. I will be writing and get stuck on a word, like “was”. W A S ? Really, Sounds like W U Z. There have been times I have asked Siri how to spell a word that I “used to” know!
Here’s hoping wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, experiencing that you’re doing it well. We all face crap we don’t want to, and there are times it feels like a constant struggle for me, but all in all, I have a lot to be thankful for, and I do practice gratitude every day. Did you know (according an article on the internet so you KNOW it has to be true!) NOT! If you say 3 things daily that you are grateful for, for a span of 28+ days, you can actually change your thinking process? You can pull yourself out of a rut? I find it to be true.
Here’s to you! Have a great day! I have been listening to A LOT of music which is helping my winter blahs!