Lately my sinuses have been slightly congested (partly due to the heat and the pollen from that heatwave we had a short while ago, which was followed up by a few rain storms and ridiculous humidity), and my right ear has been blocked up a little bit. I’m not sure if it’s due to that, or if there’s wax build-up, or if I have tinnitus. I can still hear, just the some of the treble fine-tuning seems to be muffled ever so slightly, and there is a ringing. I’m going to keep an eye (ear?) on it and if it doesn’t get better (or indeed gets worse), then I’ll head to the doctor’s.
In the meantime, I’ve been contemplating another stretch of internet detox. At present I’m only half-heartedly popping into social media, but I’m thinking of maybe doing another temporary unplugging. It feels like I’m starting to have trouble filtering out all the white noise* again, so it’s time to step away for a little bit.
As you’ve probably guessed, I tend to go through this phase maybe once or twice a year. It’s usually brought on when I’m getting frustrated with my lack of significant writing progress. It’s also brought on when opening Twitter starts to feel more like an addictive drug hit than a social connection. And that’s never a good thing.
SO. Starting this week I’ve backed away from social media for a little while, and will return most likely mid-October. I’ve got a few busy weeks ahead of me (both Day Job and vacation back to MA) so I think it’s probably for the best that I get my head quieted down and focus on what needs focusing on.
This won’t bother the Daily Words or the blogs at all…those I’ll still work on. We shall see what happens upon return.
* – This is not meant to have any racial or political connotations; it’s truly white noise I’m talking about. That is, the jumble of all the voices out there, talking about anything and everything.