26.03.2023 | No Prompts; Quite a Bit About Frank Turner

I haven’t been in much of a mood for listening to music lately. Ok, I’ve listened to “God That’s Brilliant” more times than I feel comfortable admitting now. But I have neither listened much to random music from my own playlists or the radio nor to any new stuff. I rarely listen to new stuff or discover new (to me) music anyway. When I turned into a musician’s fangirl many years ago (yes, many, because 10 years can’t be considered “a few” any more, can it?) I sometimes felt a bit out of place among other people at gigs or in the online community. Many of them seem to go to so many more gigs of so many bands and were into many more bands / artists besides Frank. There are more bands / singers I like, but not to that extent as it with Frank. For a long time I felt that my single mindedness made me less of a “fan”. Less “cool”. That my opinion about anything (Frank, music, gigs – related) was less valid. It took me a while to not care about that or rather to realize that it really doesn’t matter.

Single-mindedness or not, I haven’t listened to a lot of Frank recently either. Because too often I caught my mind drifting off to thinking about the song or about gigs or to having imaginary conversations with other people about those songs. Weird? Probably. But that’s just me. Anyway, I put myself on a break from Frank’s music for a bit *gasp*. At least to some extent.

That break ended today though, when the “Frank Turner Heardle” put a rare song back on my radar this morning. A lovely song, which he doesn’t play often enough in my eyes. I listened to that and while I’ve been doing other stuff (see below) and while I’m typing all this I’ve got old – but new to me – clips from very old (2006 – 2008) Frank gigs on in a different tab. Check out this Youtube account. Gold! It’s such fun to see how Frank’s on stage persona has changed to some extent since then but also how he is still the same in so many ways. Biggest surprise (so far) was to stumble about lyrics that did not make it into the final (album) version of a classic. “Photosynthesis” about 27 minutes into this clip

Maturity’s a wrapped up package deal or so it seems,
but no one really checks out what the small print really means…

I mean “WHAT?” The rest of 2nd verse was a tiny bit different as well. Interesting.

I still have over an hour of footage to go through. Where I in the past sometimes fast forwarded through the actual songs and focused on Franks speeches between songs, I’m listening to it all now. He wrote some good songs after all. Duh!

Goodreads and vintage Frank

Not much else to write about today either. It’s been raining all day long so I didn’t venture out expect for taking out the trash. How did I spend my day?

  • I did some Local Greens admit stuff.
  • I did some kind of nerd-y admin on my Goodreads.
  • I started sorting and throwing out a lot of the old paper work (lots from my local politics function) in my apartment. Long overdue.
  • I also started sorting through the first stack / folder of old bills and warranty and manuals for stuff I sometimes don’t even own anymore.
  • I’ve cleaned out the first of the “random stuff” drawers; the one where I just put the stuff in to sort out later. Now was later, obviously. So much junk! Hence taking out the trash in the rain.

There are still few more corners (drawers, shelves, boxes) to sort through, but step by step. That’s one of the major things I learned in this last year through therapy and other help. I don’t have to tackle all of everything right away. It’s ok to take small steps. Might be an obvious strategy to most people, but I struggled with it for the longest time. Still to to some extend. But again: step by step. “Little Changes” as Frank put it so apt in a song in 2018.

25.03.2023 | “It’s Not Like It’s Something That I Think About Each and Every Day”

Lyrics: “Tell Tale Signs” ~ Frank Turner, 2013

It’s a sort of a platitude, but getting enough rest / sleep really does help with energy and mood all those things. If I now could just figure out why I wake up for a bit around 4 each morning, that would be ace. Anyway, a few late morning midday thoughts. 

State of Mind I – Meditation | In January 2023 I started with a more regular meditation practice using the Calm app. I’ve got a lifelong subscription from back in 2016, when it was still affordable. At least I considered it a very good deal back then as a one-time-payment, though I couldn’t tell you what exact amount it has been. I’ve not been the most consistent, which is evident by the amount of broken streaks from 4 – 5 up to 27 – 28 days. You might deduce, I’m not always good with keeping a routine. You might be right. The longest streaks have been 124 / 100 / 81 days ranging from 2017 to 2020. But meditating isn’t a competition – even just with myself – about doing it “the best way” as in the most amount of days.

This year I developed a personal ‘hack’ to not break the streak. If I feel like I don’t have the time in the morning for a 8 – 10 minutes of one of the Dailys in the app, I’ve turned to something I call my “coffee meditation”. Which is just simply watching the bit of foam and swirls on the surface of the coffee in the filter and/or focusing on the sound of the coffee dripping into the pot. It takes about 3 minutes for the coffee to be done, which I consider my minimum amount of time for a meditation.

Coffee filter
my very own quick meditation hack

I was working from home on Thursday so there was no need to rush through the morning – which to be honest there never ever is, I’m just soooo slow with everything. I think the Dailys didn’t appeal to me so I vowed to myself to do some other meditation later in the day and not “cheat” with my ‘coffee hack’. I went through my day and forgot all about it. The next morning I saw that I had broken my streak after 72 days. I was a bit disappointed in myself, but only for a short moment. The next thought was more of a “but at least you’ve achieved that many days in a row”, which hasn’t happened in a while (see above). Breaking this streak did not immediately make me go down a spiral of degrading or negative thoughts about myself. I just moved on. Which might seem like the easy, normal and healthy thing to do for a regular person. But it hasn’t been for me for the longest time. Especially in the last two or more years, my inner critic would have been giving me tirades full of self-loathing. But she kept quiet on this. And it’s been such a lovely experience to be able to just move on from something which at the most could be considered a set-back. But not a failure. Just moving on and not dwell on it and let it ruin my morning / day was quite the novel experience for me .

State of Mind II – Therapy | Which bring me to this 2nd prompt. About a year ago I shared the fact that I’ve decided to start talking to a psychotherapist with friends and here on my blog. By that time I had already been to a first in-person evaluation. It all moved forward rather quickly after that and I had the first (online)-session with my therapist about 4 weeks later. I started talking to her once a week, we’ve switched to every other week in December 2022. There are only a few prescribed / paid for by my health insurance sessions left, so we’ve agreed to do these every 6 weeks or so. These past few weeks I’ve already every once in a while thought “There is nothing really left to work through, what shall we talk about?”, so taking a longer period between sessions seems reasonable. I know I’ve still got a lot to work on / work through on my own and I hope I’ll keep up with it and not let myself slide back into this dark place in my head I have been in about a year ago. But it’s been so immeasurably helpful to be able to talk openly about thoughts and emotions about myself and my relationships with others, my late mum especially. To have that sounding board and to have someone tell me: all these thoughts and emotions are ok. They are valid. They don’t make me a bad / weird / failing human being. Again: this still sometimes feels quite novel to think about myself.

Social Media | I think I’m on a good path to using it less and less. I’ve managed to stay off Twitter on my phone (most days, unless it’s been such a busy one that I can’t be bothered to boot my computer and I check it via my phone’s browser). Instagram is still the one eating up most of my “socials on phone” time. I know a lot of people consider Instagram the worst for a variety of reasons. And while I think a lot of their arguments are valid, those arguments are of the general kind about how influencers push unhealthy mindsets / body image / products on Instagram and such. But that’s not MY experience. I’ve curated my own feed (via the Follow and Favourites tabs) and am only looking at those posts. Of either (online) friends, people I like, news / science shows, travel-related accounts. I do need to cut those feeds down a bit, because scrolling through them still eats up quite a bit of time. Which is my only issue with Instagram. It probably would be the reasonable, ethical choice to not use it all (as sign of protest against it’s practices maybe) but that goes for every other social media platform as well, right? TikTok can be equally time consuming, but I’ve got a better handle on that one. For now anyway.

Instagram-worthy (in my eyes anyway) pic from a quick walk between all the rain yesterday

brick wall of a former brewery
brick wall of a former brewery

24.03.2023 | Peep

Every other day this week I jotted down keywords for something I thought I might want to write about here. Just snippets from my life. Observations, which might make for an interesting read, if I would manage to flesh them out.

Every day this week I reached the point where either my mind is too tired to write a post. Or I in general feel just too tired. This is the 2nd Friday in a row on which I woke up and one of the first thoughts was “it’s a short day at work, you can lay down for a nap after”.

Maybe I really need to say goodbye to the notion that I will and can write here on other days than Saturday / Sunday / Public Holiday / Vacation time. I don’t know.

But I might also be back (after the potential nap) later today.

First coffee of the day

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