What a difference a day makes

Well… here we are: it’s 2021!

I was asking myself, why would a date change make any difference to what is happening to us all?

I guess that while viruses are not aware of calendars, people are, and it seems that a lot of people are expecting a lot of change: the sheer force of these expectations will move something.

And some change is already happening. Brexit has already happened. Italy is preparing to spend a big chunk of EU money to try to reboot the economy. Trump is on his way out of the White House. It sounds like the new front of the identity politics battle is going to be vaccines. Change.

I have spent the last five days of 2020 mostly in bed with dizziness and nausea due to an inner ear disorder. No food, no talk, no screens and 18 hours of sleep a day. Time for meditation. People pay good money for this type of experiences!

Anyway, while still a bit off balance, I’m starting to feel better this year.

Fog captured by smoke tree flowers on one of my morning walks.

The UK seem to be heading for a long period of lock-downs, so I think I will stay in Italy a little bit longer than originally planned. I’m missing London, but there’s no point going through the whole process of travelling to another country and then still be missing London while confined in my flat in Ealing.

If 2020 taught me anything, it is that there’s little point in planning for the future and even less on dwelling on the past, but most of all the importance of having a positive view on the moment. I’m not any good at this, but I think I’m improving. Hey… right now I’m all dizzy, and I haven’t had a drop of alcohol yet. How cool is that?

You all stay safe, be kind, and enjoy this first day of a new year.

Good habits: walking and meditating

Disclaimer: this is not a New Year resolutions post. I just want to take post about a couple of new habits that I have adopted for the last couple of months. Will they last? I hope so.

The first one is walking. Working from home can bring laziness to amazing levels. When I realized that I was spending too much time sitting and decided that I needed to move. We live surrounded by a beautiful countryside, so all I had to do was get to the door and start walking.

I have been using RunKeeper to track my activities (I can tell you that since November 1st have have walked for 168Km). I’m not trying in any way to make my walking sound “sporty” or competitive. It’s just walking for 4-5Km every day. I do admire a lot all my friends who run. But I just walk. I do believe that a gentlemen will walk but never run. ;)

The real challenge is walking every day when I’m not travelling. Even when it rains, like yesterday. So far I have been pretty good.

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The second habit is meditation. I had been interested in the subject for a while, then I followed a link posted by Loïc to an iPhone app named Headspace. I went through their free “10 minutes for 10 days” program, and I was hooked. After that I did “15 minutes for 15 days” and “20 minutes for 20 days”, and now I have just started the more advanced “Discovery” program. I’m pretty much recommending this app to everybody I meet.

Of course two months of walking and meditating can hardly put a dent in a life of laziness, fat, anger and stress, so while I can’t say that I’m seeing significant changes, I am enjoying the process very much. Which I guess it’s the whole point.