19:52. The sun is shining, setting on the tree, the sky is blue, the birds are chirping merrily. I’m feeling sad and glad simultaneously, which I suppose, is normal for me.
I plan to go on a digitally-minimal personal inner retreat from most of the online world quite soon.
I’m at around page 60 of Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism book and he suggests a 30-day digital reset, where you eliminate all non-essential apps and other digital media from your life for 30 days, then add back in what has most value to you, and use it in a way that holds some pre-determined intention that you decide in advance. I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea I hope.
Basically I’ve been doing that for ages, to some extent, i.e. I hardly use any apps or social media compared to the average smartphone user, but WordPress is my one digital and social binge. I also consider it a kind of life-line, linking me, as it does, to like-minded people; so I’m wondering how on earth I’m going to get by without it for 30 whole days. But I do want to do this reset thing, and learn how to use social/writer media with intention, instead of as a kind of constant desire/yearning/stimulus-response/twitch thing, so I’m going to try.
I don’t know when I’ll begin, but if I disappear for a while, that is the reason. Just wanted you to know.
About booze and all… I really don’t think about it much; from time to time I get a nostalgic urge to hang with old friends and tie one on, but tbh that’s more of an urge to see those friends, period, than it is to tie one on. When you’ve been practicing sustained sobriety for a year, you get to see that nothing is better with alcohol, except perhaps other people’s moods (for the first few drinks at least), and their tendency to open up their hearts.
If you can learn to do enjoy life and open your heart without alcohol you’re all set; it’s just finding the people that can also do that which can be tricky, particularly offline… but I’m sure that will come for me, with more time.
Sending love, and good wishes on good Friday; it’s a time of rebirth, renewal, and golden life. Bowing to the divine in you,
p.s. Goodreads link to Cal’s book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40672036-digital-minimalism