Monday, August 1, 2011
Question of the Week: Outside or Online?
I love Summertime. My garden calls to me every day, inviting me to head out and enjoy the birds singing, the sunshine beaming down and the afternoon breezes flitting through my backyard. I love sitting in my garden chair to watch my dogs frolic in the grass while I enjoy being outside in the warmer weather.
Summer also presents me with a daily scavenger hunt to find the fruits and vegetables that are ready for harvest in my container garden. Believe me, this can be challenging! Somehow, the cucumbers and zucchinis magically appear overnight and if I am not careful, I suddenly have huge, overgrown ones on my hands. Then there are the tomatoes: one day they blend with the green foliage and the next they suddenly stand out all red and yellow to grab my attention.
I have to be diligent with the blackberries, strawberries and figs, because if I am not quick to harvest them the birds swoop and squirrels scurry to grab themselves a feast.
Yes, I love being drawn outside. By the time the sun slips behind the horizon, I often find that I have expended a lot of my precious energy puttering around my garden. By the time night falls, all I want to do is head inside, make a meal with my harvested treasures and relax on the couch until bedtime.
The only downside to my Summer routine? I spend more time away from my computer and my friends with chronic illness at social media places like Facebook and Twitter. While I feel I need to enjoy the good weather and the smidgen of less pain and fatigue it allows, I feel a bit bad about being MIA from my chronic illness communities.
It's a real trade-off: the more energy and time I spend on Summer-themed pursuits, the less time and energy I have for my usual activities. Or to put it another way, I have to let go of some old things to add new things to my routine. No more multi-tasking and acting like I am Superwoman--chronic illnesses have definitely taken away all my superpowers.
Can you relate? This time of year, are you more outside or out-and-about and less online like me? Leave a comment here or head over to the OMAP! Facebook page to join the discussion there.
PS I hope you're enjoying a nice, sunny, Summer day (or warm Summery thoughts) where ever you are today too...
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Posted by Selena at 8/01/2011 07:43:00 AM