It’s been a while since I updated the online world with what’s going on in my life, and since today is Day 1 of shielding, I figured I’d write a post.
I’m shielding because I’m due to have surgery on Thursday. I’ve been waiting for this op for almost two years. Something changed around my knee (that has metalwork surrounding it), and it started cracking loudly and harshly. I told my surgeon and stopped doing any exercises that involved bending my leg to prevent any damage/it from getting worse. This meant that, as well as not being able to use an exercise bike, I’ve been going upstairs leading with my right leg only. It’s been a mild bother.
I’ve been doing a lot of work to get things in order. After a very long quiet period, which was particularly tough in lockdown, I’m happy to say I’ve managed to find new things to fill my life with and feel like I actually have a place in the world. I’ve started a new volunteer role as an editor for a Talking Newspaper, i.e. for visually impaired people. And on Friday, I start a new role as an admin assistant/bookkeeper for a lovely man I met last week.
I’ve been working hard on a few new personal goals. I wanted to improve in social situations, mainly around groups of people. I decided to reduce drinking when around people I normally put my foot in it with and concentrate more on being deliberate with what I contribute to conversations. I’ve also been clearing out my house and life of any extra clutter to leave just the really good stuff.
Reducing time on social media, while it feels conducive for good mental health, makes it harder to get ready for my coming book and getting it out there in the world. It’s been a bit of a toss-up, but I decided that instead of spending my days glued to a screen and increasing my online presence, it’s more beneficial to scale down phone time and practice just being in the moment.
I’m also working on not spending too much of my week watching tv. This period of shielding (in a room with no tv) is helping me work out what’s the best use of my time. I’m making sure to eat better and exercise more, along with everything else, in a bid to build a life that I am proud of.