Well, it’s been a busy year, so far. I can barely believe it’s already April. Holy shit!
Time really does seem to go a bit faster as we get older. Maybe that’s our minds way of reminding us that we need to actively slow down, look around, and enjoy the moments while they’re happening.
That can be especially difficult in this day of streaming entertainment and social media and email and being constantly tethered to all of it through the tiny computers we carry around with us all the time now. I’m old enough to remember a time when you could leave the house and nobody could contact you until you returned. And then they had to catch you on a land line.
I miss those days.
In general, I try pretty hard to live in the moment and maintain a reasonable work/life balance. This year that has been, and looks to remain, a bit more difficult. I have contractual writing obligations to take care of (which is weird to type but fucking groovy as all get out) and there’s a lot going on in the publicity/marketing/trying to make a living department. I have that “day job” thing that I still have to do (at least for now) and, like everyone else, each day seems to throw some new and interesting wrench in the works.
Every once in a while, though, it’s important to take a break and reset.
This weekend, I intend to do that. I’ll probably still check in on Facebook or send a tweet, and I’m sure I won’t be able to resist checking the news on that damn mobile device that we really can’t be without these days, but I’m going to TRY to minimize that. I’m going to be in the moment and enjoy a little trip out of town. When I wrap up the “work” things later this evening, I am shutting down the computer and “unplugging” for a few days.
I encourage you to do the same. Maybe just take some time to put the phone aside, shed the responsibilities that can wait a couple of days, and get outside in the garden or for a hike or onto the golf course. Read a book, cuddled up on your couch, in front of a fire with a glass of wine (I recommend a collection of horror stories by an emerging author, Mike, um, -ski something. I’m sure you’ll find it). Take your kids to the zoo or play a game of catch in the yard. Try an “avoid highways” drive somewhere, a favorite pastime of mine, and see what you come across while you’re off the beaten path.
The world is… a lot right now. Ignore it for a couple days. You’ll feel better. Trust me, I know of what I speak. It’s a big place with a ton of shit going on. Narrow your focus down to a few of the best souls you know, or to just yourself, and refresh the batteries.
Ok, enough from the Pontificating Polack. I’m off to tie up what loose ends I can. Any left at the end of the day can dangle until Monday. Talk to you soon!
As always, thank you for the love and support.