My wife has decided she needs to go back to Kentucky to help her mom again. I mentioned in an earlier post that she had fallen and broken her arm. My wife went to check on her and help her out some after it happened. She felt bad when she left, Her mom has a doctor’s appointment Thursday so my wife is leaving today to go stay with her again for at least ten days and go to the appointment with her.
This means I am starting another stretch of life as a hermit. The last hermit stretch I let myself get depressed over the alone time. I went to a “fellowship” dinner at my church to be around people and no one talked to me the entire time. It reminded me that being around other people can be more lonely than being lonely alone. I’ve decided this time I will try to embrace my time alone more.
Some ideas to survive my time alone:
Spend more time outside – another walk at the nature preserve, yard work around the house, walking the dog.
Chores – When she told me she was going to Kentucky, I pushed all of the household chores that could wait until this week. If I cross one thing off a to-do list each day I won’t feel like I am wasting my time.
Zebra hunting – There are zebras loose in a nearby county. I might take a drive to the area to see if I can spot them.
Food trucks – I’m picking my daughter up from campus Thursday night so we can do food truck night together. This is not a hermit activity.
Sports – I will have a week of Braves baseball on TV. The Kentucky basketball scrimmage is on Friday night. The Ravens game is on Sunday afternoon. Hopefully, there will be more Braves baseball next week.
Books – I need to read more. I keep letting myself get distracted. Time alone might help with this.
TV – I have shows to catch up on on the DVR. I have streaming shows I want to try when I run out of DVRed shows.
Writing – I am working on building my audience on Medium so they don’t kick me out of the partners’ program. I have a list of places that will pay for book reviews. I might apply to write for them. I will keep blogging here.
Hopefully, all of this will help me make it through the days without letting the depression get the best of me.