The news is full of talk of the Omicron variant school shootings, Olympic boycotts, a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, and almost everything else bad you could conjure up.
My kids are both living away from home. There’s a good chance I won’t see either of them until the 21st.
My wife leaves for Kentucky a week before us so I will have six days home alone starting next week.
While it’s nice to make a little money from writing on Medium, it does have the downside of making writing me worry too much about stats over there.
It gets dark very early.
I have hours every day where I don’t talk to or even see another person.
How to combat this?
I turn on the lights on the Christmas tree first thing every morning.
I have Hallmark Christmas movies on in the background in place of the news.
We went to a Christmas tree lighting last week.
I will walk down the street to see Santa come by on the fire truck when they visit our neighborhood this week.
When I am home alone, I will take a drive to see Christmas lights.
I will visit the local Christmas village.
I will find reasons to leave the house.
It would be too easy for me to just wallow in the sadness and the loneliness. I’m doing my best to fight it this year.