- Taking a break from my devices this past weekend was tremendously useful to me. I'd almost forgotten how much I value that space. I'd almost managed to forget how often I get sucked into a device for embarrassingly long periods of time, at the end of which I feel like I've achieved nothing - even if I have read more New York Times articles than you can shake a stick at. But honestly, how many articles about the ongoing impeachment hearings do I need to read in one day? Or even in a few days?
- Also of note: I have been working nearly every weekend this semester to stay on top of an overload of commitments. (Also of note: I have psoriatic arthritis which isn't entirely under control, and I don't live my life as if that were true.)
- Yesterday, the humidity plummeted again (it was around 1% at the local airport, which is - get this - near the ocean, people, but still the air is so dry that it sucks the moisture out of every. single. thing), and I woke up with a headache that could only be described as an extinction level event. I always hesitate to use the word "migraine" (I'm not really sure why), but it really can't be called anything else. I got it under control, but between it and the Advil, I was walking the fine line between unmanageable pain and nausea. It wasn't a fun day.
- As a result of which, I didn't post here. Which, interestingly, felt more like a relief than a regret.
- Last week, someone suggested that I try a mental practice, just to see what happens: instead of framing things as a question, I let a statement happen instead. This basically has to do with my lifelong habit of overthinking and overanalyzing everything - I can think of 20 sides to a square. It's nice to be able to see nuance, but it's not particularly useful for checking in with my gut.
- On my day away from digital devices, I also felt relief not to have to post here. And it occurred to me to maybe think about rethinking my magpie year. And I started thinking about commitments and what I said I'd do and meeting expectations and and and. Lots of questions: should I make a new plan, with a different kind of commitment (I will post every other day/every Thursday/whatever)? What will people think if I say, after 100ish days, that I'm not doing this anymore? Is it actually in keeping with the lighthearted magpie spirit to allow my shiny-object-distraction soul to be distracted by other things? Is it OK to say that I've learned some interesting stuff about myself and now I'm going to lighten up? Should I/can I/ought I to? And then I remembered: statements.
- And the statement is: I don't want to post every day right now. Or, at least, I don't want to feel obliged to.
- Ah. OK. I can work with that.
The fun thing for me about having initiated this project is that I am writing again - not only here, but in my journal, and other scribblings that I hadn't been giving myself permission to try, and that I now am; I'm looking forward to having more time for that. I'm spinning again. And there's a small part of me that is thinking of trying a creative sweater-sized project again. All of that, I think, came out of the project of committing myself to doing this one creative thing every day. I'm good with letting that creative thing be wider than writing here. So, I'll be here, and I may keep that day count because I'm finding it interesting, but it won't be every day.
Meanwhile, with my "blogging time" on Sunday and Wednesday, I wound up that yarn and cast on for a hat. It's getting cold in Seattle, and Kiv needs to keep her head warm.