Time to Hibernate
Every so often, I like taking time off, to hibernate, to unplug, to exist in my own head. I like filling my time with books, travels, new culture, people, studying up on subjects that I had NEVER consciously thought of or been interested in before.
I haven’t blogged in a while but that was not for lack of trying. I seem to be having technical difficulty with accessing wordpress from my home. It’s irritating in a way but obviously not strongly enough for me to have already resolved it. Maybe it’s just that it wasn’t high enough in my things-to-get-done list.
So here I am … towards the end of yet another year that has nearly passed. I had actively refrained from making any specific new year’s resolution and had instead reaffirmed my desire to live my life true to myself and to cultivate more relationships filled with honesty, integrity and loyalty. I wanted to practice more compassion, empathy and self-love. And that last one is a tricky one too. I have closed the door on relationships that took away more than they added. I emptied my plates of mindless activities so I could actively concentrate more on the one’s that truly matter to me.
At the same time, with more people in my known circle dropping dead (literally) from heart attacks, strokes or accidents, this year has shown me again that life is wayyyyy too short. The more I emptied my life of the negatives, the more space there was for the positives to expand and I have loved it. The old adage of “if you hate it, change it and if you can’t change it, then accept it” works. But only up to a certain point and not all changes are possible by everyone at any given moment in time.
2016 has been an interesting year. I have learnt diplomacy of the kind that tells people to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to getting there 🙂 I have learnt that ‘no’ is a complete answer, it doesn’t require explanations. I have learnt that if you really hate going to work, its much better to quit ASAP so you can preserve your enthusiasm and sail forth with new energy.
There is going to be change after this period of withdrawal and reflection – on both personal and professional level. Like a caterpillar weaving a cocoon to retreat into, I am emptying myself and my life. The whole process of purging has been incredibly freeing.
So here’s to another few months of silence 🙂 For my reader’s … here’s my wish for you ….. may you find the time and the chance to withdraw into quiet reflection too 🙂