i’m doing my yearly offline for most of August thing.
and everything is like everything.
there’s a transition, a detox. what do i do with this time now that i’m offline and not glued to my computer. (who am i now that i’m sober.)
how do i unwind without a video game or a tv show or one more trip through facebook. (what do i use to unwind once the booze is gone.)
what’s the point of my life if i don’t get all of my meaning from being online? (who am i once the booze is extracted. once the anaesthesia is removed. how will i interact with friends.)
at first, all the time seems too large. like i’m not my real self. all the things i usually do require an internet connection (all the time i spend in the evenings or with friends requires alcohol.)
it’s about self-care.
naps are fine. healthy food leads to more even moods. running leads to a brighter outlook.
and me? i balk at self-care. i don’t shave my legs, change the sheets, go to bed.
and what would happen to this i feel empty space if i filled it with self-care? shudder.
so yesterday, i did the following: went for a short 17 minute run, shaved my legs, put conditioner in my hair (!), went for a long walk, had a nap, and had a manicure (finally, it’s been 12 years since my last one).
but what does wolfie think i should do? remove the booze (remove the online connection) and wolfie encourages me to just sit here and roll around in how uncomfortable it is.
Why not write longhand.
Why not read or walk or photograph.
Why not cook something new.
Why so inert? Why so uninspired?
Switch to enough sleep. See how that goes. Try different.
I like this new me, I know it suits me. and yet i balk.
i rebel against me.
i resist that which will make me feel better.