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Daily Thoughts 2021-04-16 Friday

Yesterday’s fatigue has rolled into today. Got up early again because I want to and feel that it’s important, but by the end of the week it’s harder to have the same vigor as just a few days before. I’m tired, y’all. Really, really tired.

I’m also frustrated with some things in the world that I won’t address here in detail because that won’t help anything, but I will summarize as follows:

Japan’s COVID response is all but useless, American police need to stop shooting people, and you can’t truly be on the side of the planet while denying scientifically-backed realities.

Moving on.

I’ll close out the work week with some things I’m looking forward to and some things I’m grateful for.

Things I’m looking forward to this weekend:

  • Developing film for the first time in about a year
  • Shopping for seasonal ingredients and cooking my partner a great dinner
  • Serious house-cleaning and decluttering efforts
  • Working on one of the vintage film cameras I’m restoring
  • Going for a ride and getting some other exercise in
  • Writing and editing
  • Reading for pleasure
  • A shitload of journaling

Things I’m grateful for today:

  • I’m grateful to be literate
  • I’m grateful to be in good health
  • I’m grateful to be able to live where I want and pursue things that are important to me
  • I’m grateful that all my visa renewal paperwork is in
  • I’m grateful to have more free time for creative work with my new job
  • I’m grateful for my loving partner and my ridiculous cat
  • I’m grateful for all the people who have been so supportive towards me recently
  • I’m grateful that my new commute goes away from Tokyo rather than towards it (and that I can always get a seat)
  • I’m grateful that I am alive today and free to make new and better decisions than on days past

I may or may not post over the weekend, but I am working on a new topical post that should come out early next week on this site.

Have a good weekend, everyone.



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