I started writing this post a little after 8am this morning, and then a world of chores, distractions, and errands took over. It’s Wednesday – half-way through my second week off. I would say I’m starting to look forwards to going back to work, but of course that’s not happening, because I work from home now. Next monday I’ll be sitting at the same chair, in front of the same desk – just with a different laptop in front of me.

We’re heading out again today – to walk around the same place we walked around last week – a National Trust property a few miles from home. I imagine the fresh air will do us some good. My mother-in-law is coming with us – she’s due to arrive in the next half an hour or so.

I didn’t go running this morning. I haven’t done a lot of things recently. I’m not really sure why. Maybe this is me slowing down (that’s if slowing down discounts washing clothes, dishes, putting things away, tidying up behind people, putting garbage out, and so on, and so on, and so on). I realised yesterday that I haven’t been out on my bike – you know, the shiny new bike I bought just before lockdown – for weeks.

Anyway… time to go. I’ll write more later. Maybe.

By Jonathan

Developer, Writer, Runner

7 replies on “Slowly”

You might want to reflect on that announcement they make on the airplanes–you know, the one about putting the oxygen mask on yourself before attempting to assist others. Because, if you don’t take care of you, no one else will. And that includes making a list of things you’d like to do, for yourself, during your vacation. And then doing it.
Failure to do so is resignation, or perhaps depression. Really. Two weeks will fly by, and you’ll have done nothing to recharge your own battery–which is the point of time off.

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Oh dear. I’m feeling the same way. It’s like a thick fog has settled in my body, and with rising cases of covid, and new restrictions in place… it’s a little hard to be fully, healthily, human at the moment. 😦

But there is sun and I’ve just opened up the windows- the curtains are floaty- so there’s that lovely thing. I might write, to give this bleakness a chance to become something very beautiful. The wind will tell you what to do with your own bleakness, Jonathan, don’t worry. x

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