Ugh! This is the tenth first line of this blog. I’m not changing it again. That’s it! My focus is waaaay off and I’m struggling to write today.
You know, as writers we’re so often told to simply sit and write… Well, sometimes it isn’t that easy.
Everything seems screwed up right now.
Yesterday I returned from a fantastic week of being unplugged from electronics but engaged with wonderful young energy and spontaneity.
Being back at the grind is great…I was looking forward to it, but just as I was about to get to work a nearby hill burst into flames. Water-bombers, trying to gage the distance, and plumes of black smoke took over the day.
I got zero done and ended up with a tension headache.
Have you ever experienced a wildfire near you?
We live in a rural area and the heat of the summer is getting (or has it always been?) so intense it’s like living on eggshells.
I watched (on TV) the wildfires of Australia swallow up thousands of acres of vegetation, wildlife, and livelihoods. I remember being thankful that our season wasn’t so bad, but now I’m not so sure.
I don’t know how anyone can question the fact of climate change. The droughts, the record breaking temperatures, the fires, and the devastation.
The world has changed and we need to change along with it. Yesterday, I wrote about change and I need to go back and read that. Change doesn’t have to be a HUGE drastic swing in thinking or doing, but maybe some small steps that can lessen my own anxiety about the fire season.
Yesterday, I walked around in circles wondering what I should do. It’s weird because last year we were evacuated for over a week due to a fire right near our house.
This current fire is quite a bit further away but it doesn’t change my physical reaction. In fact, my reaction is heightened and I really feel on edge.
So in order to lessen my own tension:
Today I will:
- I will ensure that I have passports, papers, and documents all together in one place.
- All of my flash drives that that have all my writing will be put in a pouch and no longer be all over the place where I don’t know whether I have them or not.
- Pack my small suitcase with basics including meds just to be ready.
- Put some dog food and snacks in a zip lock.
- and… I will desperately try to meditate and relax as I listen to the planes that buzz overhead on their way to the nearby fire. The fact that I hear them is a good thing!
Everyone stay safe.
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