Well, I guess I should say today was May 1. Cause it’s late, like 9pm, and most of the day is behind me. I spent most of my time today working, relaxing, and sleeping. Today was my last day of work. I got laid off for the month of May, which is both concerning and somewhat mentally freeing. Someone told me to look at this month off like summer vacation back in grade school. Even though the circumstances are completely different, the state of mind is the same. There’s no stress of work, or money, or responsibility. But rather than take the opportunity to be as lazy and irresponsible as possible, I’m going to try to maintain my productivity, improve my health, sustain my mental well-being as best I can. Because I’m an adult and not a little kid anymore.
So yeah, this month I want to make use of my free time to learn and build on some skills and healthy habits. Basically, I’d like to look at Instagram and Youtube a lot less this month. These are great apps to use, but not great apps to relax with. If that makes sense. Like I enjoy using social media to share what I’m experiencing, but I don’t like over-consuming just for the sake of passing time. So I’d like to avoid that. Instead, I want to focus on creative habits, namely fitness, writing, and music. I love these things and this month is a unique opportunity to pour into all three. Outside of the norm, I’d like to get into new activities I’m not exactly used to. Some ideas I have include running, morning yoga, and Enoing — that last one is hardly an activity. For those who don’t know, an Eno is a tree hammock. Here’s a hilarious photo of me in one:
I guess it’s just a reason to be outside more. Which is actually kind of clutch right now because we have every reason to stay inside. Outside of that, I’d like to become more flexible. Before you judge, hear me out. Actually, I don’t care if you judge. Anyway, I’ve been lifting weights for years and I’ve been in this constant cycle of “get stronger, gain muscle, lift more weight.” But now I can’t go to the gym, so I think it’s a cool idea to strive to be more nimble, flexible, and bendy. I don’t know. It’s basically the same thing, a physical goal to strive for, but just a lot less manly. I don’t care. So that’s kind of where I’m at right now. I’m traveling home tomorrow to see my family in Cincinnati, so I’ll probably put all these things on hold. When I go home, my plans and habits tend to fall to pieces; it’s hard to maintain any kind of routine there. But when I get back on Monday, it’s go time.