Monday, October 18, 2021

Holding It Together

 
When this pandemic started, I had a handful of things that I used to keep myself together. This included exercise, music, reading, and my family. There was a point where I was practicing mandolin every day, buying a lot of vinyl, and trying to keep up with a routine of hitting my karate bag a couple days a week. 

My family moved when I was in 7th grade, and it was an incredibly difficult time of adjustment for me. When I look back on those days, I can see that I relied a lot on music and drawing to get me through. I'd fill notebooks with drawings as my stereo would play mixtapes full of recorded-off-the-radio hits. 

In more recent times, drawing has been replaced with writing, although I've been rediscovering drawing. And the stereo keeps playing. 

These extras can make a significant difference in holding ourselves together. Those things beyond work (because work could be part of the problem) are important for reminding us who we are and how much more life can be.

What are your partners in holding it together?