Thinking Aloud On a Sunday

So Tired.

I had a good sleep last night, but woke up feeling overwhelmingly tired. I did do a fair bit of grass-cutting yesterday, and I am not as fit as I used to be. But this isn’t the usual aches and pains associated with moderate manual labour. This is bone tired. Reluctant to emerge from the bedroom.

I considered that it was mental tiredness. That led me to wonder if you can indeed be ‘mentally tired’. Does life sometimes just get too much to cope with? And does that mean that there is something wrong somewhere inside me? I shrugged that off, as the last thing I am is a hypochondriac.

But I cannot deny the reality of how I feel. The sluggishness, the apathy, the indecision.

I feel as if I could go back to bed and lie down again. I might not sleep, but the idea is there, undoubtedly. A Sunday awaits me, with all its possibilities. And yet I see none of them. Instead, I am just feeling tired.

Is this a product of getting older, I wonder? If so, I sincerely hope that it doesn’t become a regular feature of my life now.

On a day when so much could yet happen, and lots could still be done, my first thought is to escape back to bed, and avoid all of that.

Not a nice way to think, as I am sure you will agree.

Blogging Blues

If I was a black American musician, and I was in the deep south of that country, and it was the mid 1920’s, I could probably compose a decent song, and call it ‘Blogging Blues’. But I am not, and it isn’t, so that’s not going to happen.

Fifteen days not posting on this blog, added to miserable dog-trudging weather since last week, has brought on that very modern of conditions, as titled in this post. Not so much writers’ block, more a case of writers’ refusal. Strangely affected by the decline in readership, I find myself back to the original idea, of just writing for myself. I have seen the evidence that any readership is a fickle animal, and if you turn away from it long enough, desertion can follow.

It is not that there is a shortage of ideas for posts, far from it. I have two large posts in the preparation stage, and there are many films, holiday destinations, and musical delights, all yet to be explored. I have also nearly completed the first part of a fiction trilogy, something I have never attempted at length before. To be truthful, and having re-read it many times, I am not that sure it has any merit whatsoever, so it is hard to muster the enthusiasm to continue working on it. My blog feels like an old loaf; not yet stale, but probably better toasted, just to make sure. All the elements are there still, but I lack the skill of the alchemist to meld them in the correct fashion.

Maybe this is the logical outcome of blogging for this long, on such varied subjects. Anecdotes that once seemed amusing and informative, now feel like slices of that old loaf. Not curling at the edges just yet, but feeling decidedly firm in the centre. Reading many other blogs, as I have done over recent weeks, I find them colourful and vibrant, exuding enthusiasm, or righteous indignation, and plastered with photographs and graphic images of all kinds. Comparing my own effort, it seems pale and flaccid; the naked mole rat of the blogging fauna.

So, if things do not seem quite the same at beetleypete, and the posts are not flying into your reader like the English arrows at Agincourt, you have the answer. Blues of the blogging variety. At least the sun is out today.

Snapping out of it

Whatever ‘it’ is, or was…

I have been exceptionally moved by all the good words, and kind messages, after my post yesterday, that I called ‘Decided not to…’

So much so, that I have started today by resolving to snap out of it, and get back to normal, hopefully immediately. It is strange how 24 hours can provide sufficient breathing space to restore faith, and recharge determination.

I have no idea what was happening yesterday, and I sincerely hope that it doesn’t happen again, any time soon.

So, thanks again, and give yourselves a round of applause. You are a diverse lot, but obviously all good people.