during the hurricane last week, I sent a series of small notes to subscribers – and some of these ideas, of course, apply to the world beyond the weather.
small notes about hurricanes and other things #5
there will come a time when more-tv-watching makes things worse. there’s a place of overwhelm, and you want to avoid it. you turn off the stimulus. you do something else. baths are good. sleep is also good. resting and chatting with people who get it are good. reading is good. organic gummy bears are apparently excellent. you don’t drink. to drink would be to add a level of complexity that you don’t need. you need ease. there is no ease in a drink. there is only starting again on day 1. you’ve done that before. this time you’re keeping going. sober. onwards. if there’s a way out, then you’ve found it and you’re staying out.
small notes about hurricanes and other things #6
now that the storm has come onto land, the video footage will be shocking. and you will feel compelled to watch (even me, on twitter). and then after 15 minutes I have to look away. not because i don’t care. but because me watching and fretting doesn’t change the event. i want to be informed (and text will do that), but video is windy-uppy. so this can just be a gentle, general warning: turn away from things that wind you up. wolfie wants you to be agitated so that drinking will seem like a good idea. it isn’t. solitaire is a good idea. listening to an audio is a good idea. dancing in the kitchen is good. staying inside if the storm (of whatever sort) is near you. protecting you is always a good idea. no matter if your storm is literal or mother-in-law-ical.
This is Exit painting #132. Exit in German.
Exit the booze elevator. Get off and stay off.