Tuesday, January 19, 2021

What takes your mind off everything


My list of anxieties about life right now is long. My list of stuff that truly takes my minds off life is far shorter, but it does the job. This does not include the two-pound jar of Nutella sitting in our cupboard, which is in a category all its own. 

I can fully lose myself in work, and I'm grateful for the creative outlet and sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Here and there, I take lunchtime walks with Dave and they're cathartic. (Last night I read about people doing "fake commutes" involving long walks before breakfast.)  

Immersive activities in which I can't constantly look at my phone, like baking or doing a project with Ben, distract me from life. 

So do drives alone, especially at night when there's calm and quiet.

Organizing anything and everything: a seriously satisfying diversion. I literally just close the door to the areas where neatness is impossible like our so-called dining room, which is now Dave's office/man cave.

Playing piano takes me away; I recently tried it again after not touching ours for the better part of a decade. I'm rusty and plinking away, but it feels good.

And I can always escape to another world through a book or TV series—in recent months we've finished The Queen's Gambit (outstanding), The Undoing (pretty good) and Peaky Blinders (absolutely positively addictive and I've been up till 2:00 a.m. lately because of it). 

The best antidote is laughter, just as its always been. Ben and Max have taken to hanging out in the basement together and sometimes the sound of their giggles drifts upstairs and lifts me. Sabrina and I laugh over Ben's maneuvering and mannerisms. 

Friday, I walked downstairs and found Max enjoying a class dance party (he's still doing virtual schooling). As he did the moves to "Watch Me" Max laughed gleefully and I did, too. In that moment, he was living his best life. And I remembered to, as well. 

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