How are your resolutions going? I had big plans but the thing about depression is that it doesn’t care. Now that I am out of that stupor, the blinds are open and the dishes are done. I opened up my textbooks and my computer only to be overwhelmed. It seems like every year we get further and further away from a time that one could consider simpler. Sure, everything we have accessible at our fingertips is made so out of convenience. Resealable packages and pre-cooked dinners. Don’t bother picking up your phone, there’s a watch for that. Having a hard time parking? There’s software for that. Many things are made to simplify this 24/7 running world that has been mass-produced not to let us live simply at all. Which is what it should be about.
I can only imagine an idealistic world that once was because the grass is always greener but imagine when the heat of your home depended on how much firewood you’d chopped. You would not be worrying about who said what or who has what. You’d just want to heat your home so you could cook some food. (No gender role assignment, chop and cook as you please, you human you). That was that. Now we have all the time in the world to question our existence and order pizza online. But I still seem to complicate everything. From making mashed potatoes (I had no idea it boiling the potatoes and mashing them, it’s seriously that easy) to making plans with a friend (I have a whole week planned including job shadowing and junk shopping). More frustratingly is how complicated I make my writing when it’s held up by a very flimsy structure. How does it look? How does it sound? This is just a big mess, I best discard and not write for a month.
Which brings us almost to this morning. I read a very inspiring Daily Post about keeping writing simple. That’s really what it’s all about, keeping it simple. Too often I find myself lost in the expression. I want to convey an idea, a notion, a scenario to the reader but I trip over my own embellishments. Oh, how we exaggerate great tales of our adventurous imagination only sit back in the exotic jungle that is house plants. This attends to everyday life. I have the same stories to tell however I stumble over them just the same. Then when reality hits I realize it wasn’t like that at all. Too often do I compare myself to others. I very willingly put them on a tier and whether above or below there is always some distinction. When the simple response is we’re all human just trying to make a go of it. Ok, sure a lot of people put themselves in an entirely less simple category and they don’t exactly fall under this one but in the end, we are just people. Confused, discouraged, and still excited for the day.
Things to do today if nothing else:
1. Keep it simple; no really do this
2. Be honest; maybe not with another human but certainly with yourself 3. Take your own advice; everyone has an opinion, it’s ok to listen to your own
Stay wild and don’t let life bring you down. The Earth just spins, it’s nothing personal.