Back to normal diary-ing – even if Jay first starts daycare in March, but I have to see if I can make it work. Even if the posts become shorter (and perhaps they could benefit from that!).
There’s plenty to catch up on, although nothing earth-shaking has happened while I was ‘away’ …
But since this is going to be less ambitious, probably for at least another three weeks, let me just for today share one very tiny, but uplifting, bit of life – of my life.
As you may remember I have several times tried to “mentally detox” and use my free time (sometimes less than an hour per day, all in all) for something relaxing but constructive, like art or The Blog.
Or at the very least, if I must watch some video, let it be something useful … in some way!
One of the little ‘helpers’ I have found for this endeavor is Indy Neidell’s YouTube-series on World War 1. It is close to being one of the B’s – what I have identified as ‘mind junk food’, but it is not.
First of all there is one B who is better than the others – namely “battleships” – or: just reading history books or watching historical documentaries. Knowledge is always good in itself, including and especially the enjoyment of acquiring it. (For me at least!)
However, I included this semi-junk-activity among the other B’s
– boners (porn)
– (superficial) breaking news, and
– buzz (incessant chat about nothing on social media)
because I often found myself reading history books for no particular reason than to escape whatever life-problem I had. This is a relatively benign and often necessary escape but it won’t do in the long run, when you have things you want to accomplish.
Better to focus then, if you must, on consuming information (non-fiction especially) about something you can use.
And Indy’s channel about World War 1 is perfect as a background-check and inspiration for my Hammer and Magic-story! (‘Nuff said!)
It is also witty, well-produced and deeply informative – a great example of popular history documentary-making! For the people and by the people 🙂
Lastly, it is incredibly useful as an alternative – something for my mind to latch on to when it needs to relax, instead of any of the B’s, like watching breaking news constantly and getting fed the same old, shallow, depressing stories.
And you can watch it easily as you do the dishes.
I should find more stuff like this. In fact, since there is so much of it on the Internet, I am at a loss to explain why I have not searched more diligently for quality videos in this genre before now, to give me something productive and at the same time relaxing to fill my free time.
I am at a loss … but maybe it doesn’t matter. Only that I now know better. And that I want to make a habit of it.
P.S. You can support Indy’s WW1-project in the following ways:
– by sharing their videos with your friends and spreading the word about this work, obviously.
If you want you can also support them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thegreatwar
Patreon is a platform for creators that enables them to get monthly financial support from the community.
There’s also more background knowledge, news, a glimpse behind the scenes and much more on these social media channels …