Monday, February 25, 2013

IN THE DOLDRUMS

Why do I not feel quite right, clear, enthused about anything right now?

The weather?    Is that why I feel as if a wintry grey mood has descended on me?

Okay, I'm bruised. I'm still trying to recover from the election lies, attacks, ugliness -- the sense that my ideas of right and wrong, my sense of what's important, my vision of realities -- golly -- so many things I counted on are no longer to be trusted.

I was sort of recovering until I heard that the Republican candidate was stunned election eve, when he learned that he wasn't winning, and his campaign manager had to press him to make the phone call and concede the election. Oh boy, I was stunned, amused -- sneering ha-ha-serves you right, as I realized how blind the other guy had been. He allowed himself to avoid negative polls and commentators that said what he was promoting was hurting him, turning off voters.

It's made me wonder if my devotion to President Obama was/IS blindness. I need to listen to the criticisms and pay attention to the attacks on his competence.

I can't. I'm so glad he has a second term. 

Okay -- it's water under the bridge. But what life in America might have been like if the other guy was president, still frightens me -- yes, scares me, (don't even want to type his name) -- how he tried to buy the election makes me aware of other things I am avoiding.

I don't feel hopeful or energized by my work, by a major project that John Cullum (my husband) and I have considered. It's a two-character play I'm writing, in which we create a video on stage, and dramatize what happens between the two of us that makes us what we are today.

It's a good idea!  And yet I can't bring myself to work on it.

Dumb reasons, personal vanity -- I don't want to figure out how to wear my hair, my makeup, my costume. I don't want to focus on ME as a performer.

Those days are gone. I've changed, am changing. I am accustomed to being attractive, a mature, youngish-looking woman, and now I am an older woman. I look okay in our short videos, but I don't want to be onstage for an hour or so, being scrutinized, and revealing my age (whether I like it or not).

I'd rather write a book about aging, than perform right now as ME.

So I'm dealing with listlessness, despondency, a slump, and writing this post to explain, out loud to myself, why I'm stuck.

Solution? Sure! Cook, sew, paint, fix my hairdo, wear a little makeup every day for a while. That will make me feel better. Hey, I'm lucky -- when I was a very little girl, I learned secret that most females know -- wearing make up helps you feel better about yourself.

I've grabbed my eyeliner! I'm ready to look up, look around me and see what's pretty.

"All in a hot and copper sky, 
The bloody Sun, at noon,
' Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, no breath no motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean."

Thank you, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, for giving me those stanzas, from "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner."



9 comments:

honestindiebookreviews said...

Aw Em, you just have the blahs. I can tell it's not deep, though, since you wrote a wonderful blog post about it. Along with the eyeliner, maybe a little champagne and popcorn will help provide the spark. Also, whipped cream on coffee. Great artists always have their ups and downs. Meantime, unless you have a deadline pressing, my advice is just lie fallow for awhile.

Potato (short version)

"Sometimes you feel good, sometimes you feel bad, sometimes you feel like a potato. And don't want to do nothing but lie around and watch old episodes of the Green Hornet and Kato.

So dig it."

Poet_Carl_Watts said...

When I am happy, I have caused it. When I am sad, I have caused that too. The environment is never cause tho I sometimes assign it power/cause by blaming it or someone else for somthing I failed to take responsibility for.

Facts are facts and are only relatively true. Facts must be compared to other facts to evaluate degree of truth. There are no absolute truths.

A fact is true as much as it is workable.

Observe what is true for you and that is truth. If you close your eyes, do not look, you may not have all the data to decide what is truth.

Incomplete or false data renders incorrect decisions or conclusions.

If you were just to sit down, even if sad, and start laughing and keep on laughting, shortly you would not be sad. I dare you to try it. John might think you've lost it :-)

Life is grand if you create it that way!

Peggy Bechko said...

Ah, the end of winter blues - I hear you, Em. Don't worry, your solution is good & spring is on the way - despite the 5 inch snowfall we had last night and the shoveling we did this morning.

We just brought in another rescue dog - that'll certainly keep me busy running interference until they sort things out.

I, too, have new projects on the burner, trying to get the oomph to really get into them...and I will; just giving myself a breather.

Carola said...

My mood is starting to pick up as the days get longer and there is more light (even if it is grey light). My recommendation: get outdoors more. I walk outside every day even in the rain.

Louise Sorensen said...

What works for one person doesn't work for another. It was a snowy stormy winter here, but I didn't feel the cold because we went back country skiing from our doorstep for at least a month.
Now the temperatures are a little above freezing, the snow is mushy, no skiing and we may get another big winter storm here, or rain.
I feel a little blah too.
Is it part of growing old? Maybe.
Whether I like it or not I get one year older every year. This may seem elementary.
But there is a point in your life when you finally realize you're not going to regain your girlish figure. Ever.
How you look now, will be remembered by you ten years from now (if you're still alive) as young. "What a fool I was not to know I was young and beautiful then."
Sometimes it's tough to find find and appreciate your inner beauty, when all around you screams youth.
I swear they're using 12 year old girls for skin care commercials now. And there's this commercial where a hunky 20 something guy saves a 12 year old girl from drowning, and she's going to kiss him in gratitude, then an astronaut shows up, and she gets up off the sand and runs to the astronaut. In slow motion.
So now I feel a strong compulsion to buy an astronaut. Does anyone know where I can get one?
Anyway. Old age. Blahs. They suck.
The only advice I can offer; if what you're doing isn't working, try something else.
Big huggs to Em and John.
Louise Sorensen
louisesor.wordpress.com
louise3anne twitter

Constance Masters said...

OH Em, I think we all have our down days. Age is something that we all have to face sooner or later.

You know I remember when I was a little girl (young enough to not realise I was being rude) watching my grandmother (who I realise now wasn’t even VERY old at the time) apply make up. I asked her what it felt like to be old.
She smiled at me and said. "Inside my head I’m still sixteen, it’s only the outside that ages.”
I didn’t really understand that at the time but now my own old face stares back at me from the mirror and I have to admit inside I’m still young. Most days. On the days I don’t feel young I eat chocolate :)

Marcus Dandaneau said...

You are thoughtful and kind and considerate of others. This is my general impression of you; a reflection I hope you agree with and helps you to feel a little bit better. Looking inwardly is as important a part of being as being worldly active is. The picture you're painting may be a ship tilted on sand; but, I see it breezing up from here where I stand.

Gus said...

Em, am always stuck in the middle -- of nowhere. That's why am a failure! :)!

Mary Russell said...

"Age, like happiness, is a state of mind. The older I get, the better I feel in mind, body, and spirit." The clock of time will tick on regardless - all we have to do is to decide what to do with the time that is given to us. :)

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