global warming El Niño, Christmas turned out to be not so bad this year. Instead of the usual SAD-induced sofa coma I find myself in this time of year, I have been savoring every humid minute of this unseasonably warm December and actually had all gifts not only purchased but WRAPPED a week and a half before Christmas. In paper that matched the tree theme of red and black. It was a Christmas miracle, and I will always look back fondly on this Christmas and the weeks of 70 degree weather that bookended it. Now if we can just get through the next three months in a similarly slightly disturbing but nonetheless awesome winter heat wave, I will be super happy.
So Christmas stress mostly absent this year, there’s plenty of time to relax and enjoy the downtime. You know, read. Watch TV and/or movies. Go to the movies. Chill.
Except even relaxation is stressful now. With a billion channels on cable, movies and TV shows streaming on every device in the house–and out of it–audio books and Kindle books and actual paper books, podcasts and satellite radio…then Pinterest and Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat…the entertainment choices just keep expanding. Maybe it’s my ADHD but frankly, I just find it overwhelming–maybe because at any given time I’m either doing or trying to do about four of these things at a time. On one hand, it’s not all bad…how else would I be able to work full time, enjoy my family and read 49.5 books in a year? (SOO close to meeting my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year…I have six more hours of Trail of Broken Wings to listen to, but since I’m working today, it’s not going to happen in 2015.) And see like 50 movies (that post is coming soon…), discover all this awesomeness on Pinterest, see cute stuff like this on Instagram, get totally into shows like Flesh and Bone only to be heartbroken when I learn that it’s not being renewed…and so on.
At any rate, in 2016 I am going to renew my annual commitment to trying to slow down, meditate, try yoga, and just generally try to be “quiet on the inside.” Or maybe at least one of those things, one time. And continue to read more about how life has become so frenetic and the cost of all this stimuli; The Glass Cage, all of Sherry Turkle’s books, then on down the line of similar books that Amazon serves up, even as you go to buy a book about how technology is changing our brains.
Here’s wishing you a peaceful, healthy 2016. May you find ways to slow down, disconnect and savor moments of quiet and reflection in these crazy busy digital times we live in.