Hibernation Mode

Brrr, it’s cold, I don’t feel like I’m missing out by being inside today. I finished listening to two books today. I have thirty-six books left to read this year to meet my Goodreads challenge of one hundred books. I also read a book and organized the clutter in our closet, there’s a pile to recycle. I then moved some projects/workbooks from beneath my desk to a shelf in the bedroom, leaving only a few things to work on near me. I’m narrowing down the things I’m working on so I will get more completed and finished. The 4 hour workweek influenced me to pare down and laser my focus. 


After listening to the book Reckoning by Linda Hirshman I could see more clearly how predatory our society is. It’s built into society so that some people can’t even see the harm and wrongdoing because it’s normalized, it’s accepted by society at large and it won’t change until we uproot it and replace it with what is honorable, respectful, and loving. We must hold people accountable and enact boundaries/laws that are enforceable and have significant consequences. Then we need to educate ourselves and others on healthy boundaries surrounding sex, consent, and the extinguishment of sexual harassment. 


I’ve been in hibernation mode here, not much sparking in me to write about. I am being well behaved so as not to aggravate my body and immune system. I’m still malingering from the most recent post-viral syndrome flare-up. I get the message loud and clear, I’m supposed to be resting, okay body, you’re the boss, I won’t hula hoop, dance, or go for nature walks just yet. 


I read the news and the pandemic surge looks to be grim, so I want to stay in hibernation mode where I’m away from the cooties. I can’t believe how people aren’t taking things seriously, it’s mind-boggling. Humans are interesting creatures. 


I don’t want to order too many things in the mail because I don’t want to expose workers to more risks in delivering the packages. Yet people need to work to make money to survive, it’s a no-win scenario. Our system doesn’t work to take care of everyone during a pandemic. Hopefully, in the future, this will change because we’re on a trajectory where more pandemics will be inevitable. 


I am thankful to be snug and warm, drinking tea, reading/listening to books, writing, and getting things organized. I am grateful we are making it, our family is too, and we have modern technology and creature comforts. It’s been a long year, but we’ve made it so far, and we can make it a while longer. Hibernation mode, engage. 

Michelle Miyagi
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