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Where has my energy gone

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I wish I knew what was sapping my energy. I have a lot of trouble admitting it possibly being age but I’m guessing that has a lot to do with it. But my mind keeps telling me to get my lazy behind moving but the body says the tank is on or about to be empty.

Even when I do some chores like push cutting a hilly 1/2 acre, I feel more winded and it takes a few minutes to recover when doing it in the heat.

So off to some doctor’s appointments making sure all is well and then some exercise routine to try to get the internal engine up speed again. I know part of it is the piss poor and irregular sleep patterns I have. The trouble is I can’t correct that till I no longer work nights.

I needed a pool today. Photo by Mike Hartley

I used to be pretty good about the heat of summer but this year it’s been tough to battle through at times. Well enough complaining, I’ll get busy inside this evening working on a collage I’ve started.

In some ways, I’ve surprised myself with posting for 241 days straight. I hope I can keep the streak going but it’s time to start building better content. Doing better at writing and more quality photography. If practice makes perfect doing both every day should yield some results on its own but I need to push myself more.

All my life I’ve been surrounded by wonderful writers and editors. I’ve worked with some truly great photographers and artists. And it’s intimidating as hell because having seen their work I know there is such a distance I have to go before I could consider approaching the quality of work they do.

Distances can be bridged. Photo by Mike Hartley.

In some ways, that’s motivating but in others, I know my overall work is still of amateur status. Showing my faults and mistakes on images and lack of any true writing background. And to drive that point home I failed 9th grade English and had to do summer school. Mainly because I didn’t like to go to class at that hour.

And you would have thought I would have learned the importance of grammar and spelling being my Mother was a proofreader in one of her positions at a newspaper chain. Well, this do-mass has to rely on Grammarly to save real embarrassment. (do-mass = my slang so I don’t go saying “Dumbass” out loud.)

And even though I’m writing here each day I really need to get to work on books. So I got a lot of wishes to crank up the volume of work so I had better get to it.

This reminded me of The Outlaw’s song Green Grass and High Tides. I might just have to go listen to it. Of course, the LIVE version which I’m thinking is about 20 minutes. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • The day is a success. I had a cherry snowball with my granddaughter.
  • When I get in a creative funk with one thing I have lots of others that I can turn my attitude around with. And that is the key, trying to stay in that zone.
  • Feeling focused this evening. Then again I just cleaned my glasses.
  • I feel like taking one of those warm summer night late-night rides.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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