Thinking About Flu


I rarely get flu or colds.

When I do, it’s someone sending me a signal to slow down. I think in the busy-ness of 2017, it means this for most people actually.

It’s been a crazy Summer for me and like many of the other animals in the world, August is a time for rest and regeneration. It’s getting cold and dark and it’s time to retreat and relax.

Last week I had two back-to-back days off work. For those of us self-employed (or even employed, of course) who find it difficult to switch off from work, that means spending this time not checking the odd email or completing the odd task, or even thinking about the stuff we have to do. Well, it all catches up with you sooner or later. What this slight slowing down has resulted in today is the inevitable arrival of flu. Fuck you, flu.

I am aching, but with this slow-moving head and these sticky eyes, I can still type, and reflect.

This time of year for me is always about re-birth and new beginnings. As I said, Autumn is a time for rest. A time to re-energise, enjoy home comforts and reflect on the changing season.

When September arrives, things inside me come alive and I look forward to using the end of October to think about what I want to do with the next 12 months. I can’t wait for Samhain (Halloween) as it marks a new year to many – for witches and earth worshippers it’s all about finding new life at a time of decay, finding a new light to guide us as we enter the darker and colder months.

New intentions can get us through the darkness and eventually raring to go and ready when the light returns next Spring. I’ve set myself some goals that I want to focus on for the next 12 months and sure I will share these at some point.

In the meantime, if you do need some inspiration for today, I can’t rave enough about Netflix’s documentary The Minimalists, two guys who encourage us to stop and think about what we have around us, and why. Again, it’s the perfect time of year to get this kind of refreshing advice in your head to help guide you into making decisions in this changing period.

I’m sure I had more worthwhile and informative things to tell you about but my bed is calling. Today I am going to work from comfort, light candles (at one end only) and spend my evening playing on my typewriter, baking banana bread and making a pot of curry.