I seem to be severely blog-challenged. I’ve been posting on 2 blogs, and twice in the recent past, I’ve posted my Power Up blogs to the wrong site. So here they are:
Disconnected; Unwired (originally posted 4/12/2010)
Seeking balance in my life has turned out to be so much more difficult than it sounds. Partly because I’m having trouble figuring out just what balance is. Or what balance is in MY life. What I do know is that balance isn’t spending every waking, non-work moment at my computer, following links on a variety of topics, hunting down indie software to try out, playing computer games (I love the puzzle games/brainteasers I find on Big Fish). But, that’s a pretty good picture of how I spend much of my evenings and most of my weekend.) Remember, I do have a stay-at-home partner so housework isn’t usually my responsibility.)
This past Saturday I challenged myself (and the FBBS team) to totally disconnect. No computer, no cell phone, no MP3 player. It turned out to be surprisingly easy. Instead of heading straight to the computer when I woke up (ostensibly to check the news), I brought out a couple of sewing projects that had been sitting, half-done, in the closet. I’m not a speed sewer — the pleasure for me is in the journey. So these 2 projects lasted me the entire weekend. And they’re complete. And I’m pleased with the results. And I didn’t touch the computer until late yesterday evening — my unconnected time was actually almost 2 days!
I don’t want to do this on a regular basis, but I realize that a few fewer hours spent online, or on the computer, will give me that many hours to pursue other interests that may have been languishing from lack of attention. Of course, I’ve know this forever, in an intellectual way, but seeing it in practice makes a much more vivid impression.
And my cat enjoyed all the extra ‘pet me’ time she got.
Facing up to my fear (originally posted 3/28/2010)
You’d be ROFLOL (that’s ‘rolling on the floor laughing out loud’ for readers of my generation who might not be savvy about ‘text speak’) if you knew how scared I was on day one of this challenge. I wasn’t worried about the hard work ahead or whether or not I could meet my short-term goals or if reaching my goals will actually impact my quality of life as I grow older. I was terrified of being the oldest person in the challenge participating on a team of students. Just kids, actually, from my perspective. I was afraid that they’d be secretly laughing behind my back, or even in front of my back, at the idea of an “old lady” thinking she could keep up with them through the 19 weeks of the event. That they wouldn’t want an old lady on their team.
I did them such a disservice!! These young people (not all are actually students, but they are all much younger than me) are, quite simply, wonderful. As people, they’re intense, funny, hard-working, stressed-out, highly motivated and so many other wonderful qualities. As team members, they’re supportive, caring, ready with suggestions if you’re stuck, willing to accompany you to Dixon the first few times, at least until you know the layout and the routine and don’t feel so alien there, and so much more.
Bottom line; short version — I’m proud and deeply honored to know every one of them. And I hope the Easter Bunny puts something nice in their stockings this year.