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  2 comments for “Depth Year Diary, March 2019

  1. Vivienne Dunstan
    18/09/2019 at 5:32 am

    Thanks for being so honest. I wonder if you’re being a bit too extreme with the Depth Year though. I was a bit surprised when you said – when I first suggested it – that you’d not be able to look at the Pratchett reading blog because it would break your Depth Year rules. You’re reading and enjoying the Pratchett books now. Now is the time to look at that blog! You don’t have to even look at the whole thing, but could glance at some of your favourite books, or others. I just think you need to be a bit kinder to yourself.

    Brexit is a horrible, horrible mess, and I quite share your feelings. But I wonder if you could maybe take more comfort from absorbing yourself in the things you enjoy doing. So play games, or read books that will transport you to other worlds, and maybe give you a break from the politics for a while. I’ve been finding that a huge comfort myself. Go for walks in the countryside around where you live or work. Anything to get away from the politics. I’m focusing on working through my Big Finish Doctor Who audio CD backlog, listening to them and either deciding to keep them or sell them on eBay (most are going on eBay). And I’m reading classic books on my Kindle. I’m currently about halfway through Don Quixote, which I’ve never read, and am hugely enjoying reading classic books I’ve never got to before. I read a Thomas Hardy for the first time recently, and have Wuthering Heights lined up for fairly soon. It all feels like a treat.

    I suppose my message is don’t be too hard on yourself, don’t make the rules too difficult, and feel free to indulge in what you like doing. That includes Meeple Like Us – if it’s too much of a chore, maybe reconsider. Even if I’d miss it.

    And don’t be afraid to go to the GP to talk over any mental health issues that come to the fore at the moment. Because they can help. I have generalised anxiety disorder, and I had to be be dragged to the GP a decade ago, after pulling out of a much wanted trip to Venice at the last minute. I got the help I needed, and manage things much better now.

    Anyway be kind to yourself!

    • 18/09/2019 at 5:33 am

      Hi Vivienne, thank you so much for this kind and thoughtful comment.

      For me, the depth year is mostly a chance to make sure that I don’t end up increasing the list of things that I’m not getting to, so when it comes to something like a new blog I need to say to myself ‘Okay, but don’t you have like… one hundred articles on pocket you haven’t read yet? Read one of those, or delete them because you’re no longer interested, but don’t keep adding’. I like the idea of having lots of new things to check out as a reward for diligence – it’s not so much about denying myself anything as it is deferring things.

      I’m actually feeling a lot better than I was at the time of writing this. Brexit is still a massive mess and seems to be getting more bad by the minute, but I’ve also resolved to give up on the news except to find specific information. ‘When is this thing happening’, ‘when was this thing decided’. I actually managed to do that reasonably well for a couple of years but the looming calamity of Brexit has brought me back to checking the news and it’s *never* helpful. People say ‘It’s important to be informed to be a participant in the world’ and really I don’t think I value that flavour of participation enough to pay the price. It assumes that ‘the news’ is actually what matters, and that ‘being informed’ is the same thing as ‘being involved’.

      We’ll see how long this period of relative calm persists. Usually I’m pretty good at the whole ‘grant me the serenity to accept what I can’t change, the strength to change what I can, and the wisdom to tell the difference’ but I’ll freely admit I’ve lost the knack of it of late. I think redeveloping that is step one, and if I fail in that it would be a good idea to talk to someone.

      Again, thank you so much for your comment.

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