Thursday, June 18, 2015
Keeping Busy, Having Fun!
I'm finding it tough to find a blogging groove that works for this transitional stage of my life. While I suspect you may tire of reading my concerns about what I do and don't feel obliged to do -- those 'shoulds' Ive been mentioning in recent posts -- I also suspect that the only way to move toward a blogging pattern that will work for my retired self is to write the process rather than try to push it behind the screen. There is a screen, of course. Sometimes it's translucent, sometimes opaque. Occasionally, you might have the sense that it's completely transparent, and you're looking right into my real life. Impossible, I must remind you. If nothing else, the screen is fabricated through the twin process of selection and combination: what I pick from my "real life" and how I arrange those choices into some kind of narrative here. And, of course, that selection and combination are affected by my energy levels, time available, discernment or perception of your interest, my need to tell or desire to guard. It's a fascinating and complicated pastime.
For the moment, I've been trying to sort out how or why it is that doing some of the "people things" I've wanted to do for too long should have worn me out to telltale giant-cold sore-on-the-lip levels. And how will I moderate my social/family activities in retirement to stay healthy? Last week, my daughter and her two little ones were with us for four wonderful days and I was very happy to be able to run with the two-year old and walk and rock the two-month old. But then we followed up with travel to the city where I did a 40K cycle with my husband and then attended a concert the same evening. The following day was a marvellously convivial four-hour luncheon in a friend's garden, a gathering of 14, only four of whom we'd met before. And since then another long cycle with my husband; a quick dinner with my son's family as they passed through town on their way back home after vacation; a 13.5K run on my own; an afternoon shopping. All fun activities, play, not work. Down-time, right?
So why the damn cold sore, which sends me a loud, clear message I ignore at my peril?
That's where I'm at today, then: thinking about how I'll sort priorities and stay healthy without work as the gate-keeper. Meanwhile, my onerous activity for the day is to meet another blogger for lunch. It's a tough life.
I'm kidding, obviously, but I do need to figure out how much wear and tear the social stuff entails and then figure out when the wear and tear is worth it, when to say "no" and how to build in the necessary recovery time. Meanwhile, for whatever reasons, Instagram has been suiting my need to connect at an energy cost I can manage. Because I've been naturally turning to IG so often, I thought I'd try blogging from BlogGo, the phone app that might let me try short-and-sweet rather than longer, perhaps more cohesive posts. And I'm throwing in a few photos I've IG'd lately ( and some I haven't), just because...
Let me know what you think. Otherwise, I'm just babbling away here on my own.