Summer is Almost Gone
I'd be lying if I said the summer of 2020 has been one of my most memorable summers. Deeply missed were my multiple beach visits (only one to speak of so far), visits to NYC walking through the bustling city streets, road trips, concerts, and dining out, however, it wasn't all too bad. I managed to adjust to everything EXCEPT wearing a face covering (after all, who really wants to cover their face in 90+ degree heat?) and I picked up quite a few recipes along the way.
Naturally, like most, I was (and remain) saddened, angered, confused by the chaos involving law enforcement and people of color - specifically, Black men. Nothing makes sense to me. I don't think it ever will. As someone who enjoys putting his brain to use, once I find myself struggling to figure out a solution, I feel completely worthless, useless, almost defeated in a way. But there I sat, in front of my television like the rest of America, soaking in images of a tumultuous summer thinking about those closest to me and their safety/feelings as we bared witness to an ugliness that has plagued this country since its inception. A year which has seen almost EVERYTHING happen in succession, without an apparent end in sight, I quickly realized how unhealthy this was to the mind and soul. If you're a sufferer of anxiety or can't get a solid grip of your emotions, I'd advise you tap into yourself with some prayer/meditation and overall quiet time. No electronics (unless it calls for some soothing tunes - preferably an instrumental), no background noise, just complete silence in a closed room for no more than 10 minutes. Simply shut off your brain and take deep breaths. It'll do wonders.
Here on out, make certain to take control your life (and not allow the news to control IT) to the best of your ability. If you find yourself getting too caught up in the day to day affairs of the world, shut off your battery (brain) and get a nice recharge going. We have roughly three weeks of summer left - 2020 is winding down. Get out there, get some sun and stay safe!
RIP: Chadwick Boseman/John Thompson/Clifford Robinson