Whatever you have going on in your life, every four years it’s interrupted by the biggest collection of idiots you’ve ever seen… until the next four year cycle comes around. They do seem to top themselves every election cycle.
But why care? There is nothing we can do about it as individuals anymore, short of dedicating our lives to the process and running to fix it. How many of us want to do that? Darn few, that’s how many.
So don’t sweat it. Just live your life, leave the political stress in the hearts of journalists, and go about life. Maybe even escape a bit.
Where to you ask?
I love Netflix. And Amazon Prime for that matter. My oldest girl and I watched Force 10, 12 O’clock High and Tora, Tora, Tora over the last few days. We’re in our WWII movie phase, I suppose.
Books! They’re always a particularly good escape, because you can pick them up and put them down as you please. Space Opera is particularly awesome for escaping the daily doldrums. (Hint, Hint)
Outside activities will save you some during the warm months, and for the particularly hardy even the cold months. ATVing (my fave), camping, fishing, hiking, driving, or just yardwork. It’s all good for you and will reconnect you with something other than a computer screen or TV. Or iPhone for that matter. Put it all away for a bit and see the part of the world near you. If you live near a beach you can add swimming, boating, snorkeling, diving… the world is full of good things.
Why am I telling you this? Because I noticed I was letting all this wind me up. Especially on Facebook. The problem is none of it matters and there is nothing I can do about it anyway. Just try to adjust my life according to current government policy. Taxes less? Work more. Taxes more? Work less. It’s simple.
Since my writing isn’t in any danger of changing my tax bracket, I am certainly not going to stop that.
Next week I start editing Book 3, Renegades. I have more than one person standing by to buy it, which is sort of exciting. I’m told the more books you put out there, the more the readers trust you and will buy your stuff knowing you’re not going to give it up on them.
I’m not going to give it up. I write for me as much as for anything else.
Tomorrow, in a bid to forget the nonsense going on in political land, my wife and I are getting out the Mercedes 560SL for a few hours and enjoying the sun on a 66 degree day. I’ve got the battery charging right now after a winter of just sitting in the garage. It will be fun.
The dog likes summer activities
My lovely bride and I with the top down enjoying a day out together.