It's been eleven days since I last published a Green Goddess Glamping blog post. This is unusual for this blog because I nearly always post post once a week and often twice a week. However, I'm seven days into a two-week "staycation" at Rathbun Lake, which is a little over an hour's drive from my home. Between preparing for my longer stay, resting here at the lake (one of this trip's goals), and then taking daily bike rides after an initial four days of rain, I just haven't completed any articles.
The irony is that I have about six articles in various stages of completion, yet I'm not quite finished with any. Between bike rides and naps, I've been too busy--if "busy" is the right word. Part of my rest time has also been psychological and emotional rest from the "new norm" of the world. I've been feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders and just felt the need for a respite . . . and so here I sit in my tiny trailer, typing by touch and looking out at the tranquil waters of the lake, a soft breeze rustling the leaves of the oak and juniper trees near my campsite, and the quiet of the day dominating even the sound of the trucks on the local highway. Buck Creek Campground is not deep, primal nature by any means, but it's a pretty fine big backyard.
Yesterday I ran across a term that defines part of the angst I've been experiencing: doomscrolling, spending excessive time reading negative news articles, kind of dumpster-diving news reading. I wrote an article about the term and its relevance to our current lives and want to share it with my tiny trailer readers. The article talks about how putting our attention excessively and needlessly on negative information can lessen our appreciation and enjoyment of life. The article includes some research I did.
As I wrote the above paragraph, a kayaker paddled through my line of vision on the lake. And, yes, this is relevant because right now I am not doomscrolling. I'm engaged in purposeful, positive activity, and I'm doing it in a nurturing, enlivening environment. The article I wrote is posted on Tom Kepler Writing: "Down with Doomscrolling!" (By the way, this activity is also referred to as doomsurfing.)
I plan for this next week to complete more articles about this staycation here by the lake: an article about the rain and my Clam Quick Set shelter, an article about my bicycle day rides, a "staycation" article--these are a few possibilities. In the meantime, I want to share the idea that the reason many of us camp is exactly the reason we should avoid doomscrolling. Although I'm not posting this on the Facebook camping groups I belong to, I'm publishing it and am glad to share it with those who follow this blog. I believe that although we have a responsibility to keep ourselves informed, we don't need to wallow in the woes of the world. And here by the lake I can affirm that being outside and camping is a good way to increase the positivity in one's life.