I feel stagnant, life is going so well. When I make my complaints to my co-worker they kindly advise I try going out and trying new things: “But that’s the problem,” I groan, “I go out too much. I need to stay home.” And so, I commit. This month, I’m spending my evenings at home, especially weekends but definitely weekdays too, tuned into the deafening silence of evenings spent offline, alone, in solitude. What can I learn from this moment? What can my solitude teach me? What is so bad about being alone— not “alone” while on the internet, but alone alone— anyway? What is so bad about my own company?(more…)
Tag: time spent offline
Demons hate fresh air
I read Austin Kleon’s Keep Going: 10 Rules for Staying Creative in Good Times and Bad for the third time this year. It’s that good. Kleon is one of my favorite writers and bloggers. When I discovered him earlier last year, I read his blog all the way back to 2012 and devoured four of his books. I couldn’t get enough of his timeless advice. His work is terrific and inspiring.
I came across the quote demons hate fresh air in Keep Going and it has stuck with me ever since: “No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, [Ingmar Bergman] would say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air.“(more…)