I’ve been making great strides to unplug from a chaotic world dominated by conflict, drama, information and misinformation. After a recent health scare, I simply realized it was time to turn off all of the reactionary fear, angst, anger and outrage that has been pumping through my nervous system for decades. It’s not that I no longer care about the world or my community – it’s just that I realize the hyper-awareness and constant vigilance is not good for my general health or mental well-being.
My goal is to establish my home studio and apartment as my respite retreat. I will continue to de-clutter. There will be no cable tv or internet and I’m well on my way. For a time, I was thinking about going cold turkey but I made a phased withdrawal plan instead. Cable/tv is already gone. Internet connectivity will end at the end of the month. I will keep a phone so family and friends can call.
Truthfully, I can accomplish my work quickly if I’m not distracted. I want to stay informed but in a different way. I can finish my computer and internet work by noon and still produce good quality work.
I’ll go to a shared office space in the morning or find public wifi access. I’m not convinced about the benefits of open office concepts or shared work spaces but I’ll try and see what happens.
Outside my front door, there is a walking path along the river so I can walk/bike around the entire downtown core area. Next year, I’ll probably ditch the car. When I’m at home, it’s all about the creative arts, music, reading, good food and good quality sleep. As a matter of fact, I’ve regressed a bit. My son is about to set up a vintage Technics sound system with a Dual turn table for my vinyl – so, in that way, it’s back to the future for me.