I haven't been in a good place mentally or emotionally the past several weeks. In most of my free time I played video games or watched TV and had no desire to do much of anything else. Aside from alternating feelings of anxiousness and guilt, I felt mostly numb.
For the first couple weeks of the year I used an unconventional Android phone – the Unihertz Jelly 2E – as my daily driver smartphone. While it's a delightful little phone and great for what it is, I'm back on my trusty iPhone 8.
I'm at the tail end of the first family Christmas vacation we've taken in three years, and it's been great.
In 2017 I learned about and got really into the concept of minimalism. Not in the artistic sense, but in the sense of removing physical and mental clutter from your life so that you are able to focus more on what truly matters.
In a corner of the living room I sit in silence writing Silent but for sounds of typing And of three clocks ticking
I'm ready for the holiday break. We're planning on visiting extended family this year and we'll hopefully see a few people we haven't seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic (2019).
Today my wife and I attended the celebration of life (memorial service) of her aunt.
My brother (who is younger than me) has never used big social media.
I make a distinction between big and small social media.
I guess technically my brother does have a LinkedIn account that he uses as an online resumé, not as a social network. But Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Nope. Nada.
I have to say, I envy him in that regard.
I think I first heard this song on a Christian radio station as I was driving one day. Scars in Heaven by Casting Crowns is a beautiful and comforting song for anyone who has lost a loved one.