It’s very easy to become distracted, to forget how immensely good we’ve had it, and still have it. Whilst I wouldn’t recommend bouncing around a flat on your own for five weeks – naked Thursday gets repetitive when it’s daily - it has given rise to lucid yet outlandish, preposterous, exciting dreams. For example, this one time, I was going to the cinema, the smell of the salted popcorn wafting through the foyer, a delicious five-gallon drum of icy coke in my hand and some Snake lollies in the other, the air of expectation and electricity amongst the throng walking to the theatre, the audience quietening as the curtain lifted on the screen . . . and then the film began, and we all watched it, and had a nice time. Outrageous! Then someone coughs, and we collectively lose our shit.
There are many positives to lockdown though, and I’ve had to re-read old blog-posts and talk to friends and family to sometimes recapture that. I’m reading continually and deeply, without distraction, I’m writing a great deal (just finished the first draft of the second book, hit me up if you want to do some proof-reading!), working on a business idea with a friend, getting together some material for a magazine submission on an old motorcycle trip, fixing new spotlights to a motorcycle I can’t take out (ermmm . . .), submitting images into a monthly photography competitions, listening to audiobooks when trying to get my 10k steps in before the 8pm curfew, and occasionally exercising to keep my body, hewn from biscuits and coke, in prime shape. And that prime shape is round. Less barrel-chested, more biscuit-barrelled.
Reminiscing on David Schwartz tome, The Magic Of Thinking Big, the core message is that you’re a product of the environment you choose for yourself. I like that. The environment you choose for yourself. There is one term from the book I have used continually: psychological sunshine. Pack your environment with positivity to stimulate your mental health, enhance your down-time and make the most of the moments with those you love. Because tomorrow, who knows what the day will bring? Naked Thursday again, probably.
What am I reading? Stephen Fry’s Mythos on Greek Mythology
What am I listening to? The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo on BorrowBox, and also Rage Against the Machine’s Battle of Los Angeles. All hell can’t stop us now.
Writing and writing...