I’ve been unbelievably busy at work and with home life stuff, and in normal times, that can be exhausting enough.
But these are not normal times and I’m experiencing an utter exhaustion of the psyche. Of the very soul. It’s deeper than the physical weight of fatigue because it’s tied to the crushing weight of utter chaos and the desolation of multiple layers of grief as hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans have succumbed to a devastating pandemic.
I carry around a constant knot in my stomach and it’s almost impossible to watch what passes for news. I’m probably doing myself no favors, but I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction about authoritarian governments and their attendant lackies: unbridled nationalism; theocratic nationalism; corruption; constant turmoil from “leadership”…these are all classic signs and symptoms and I try not to get sucked into the chaos because it’s designed to break you down and become compliant.
Exhaustion can make people compliant, whether by choice or through the simple paralysis of being overwhelmed.
I’ve taken to wishing the internet would collapse for a couple of years, because then it would be much harder to spread poison and disinformation. And let’s face it, without a platform, propagandists aren’t able to flourish as readily.
So with that in mind, what makes you happy offline? What simple things do you do to combat the chaos and the exhaustion?
Share the luv in the comments and take care of yourselves and each otheer.