My World Is Shrinking… Thank Heavens

Part of my 2023 project is to shrink my world, or at least shrink the degree of my awareness of it. One of my Aspie traits is that I am addicted to my routines. Much of my life is simply ruled by them. I get up in the morning and after the usual bathroom stuff, I head for my computer to browse the daily news. I have about six different sources that I go through every day to get a well-rounded view of the world. That process usually takes about an hour, and then it is time for my 1/2 hour shower. I have been doing this for at least a dozen years now, and I think that might be part of the problem with my always present depression.

Day after day, week after week, I read about the Ukraine war and how some think it will end soon and others think it won’t end at all until Russia implodes. Every morning, I am inundated with pictures and stories of that megalomaniac Trump and the totally idiotic things he does. I am getting pretty good at skimming over these daily Chronicles of a Narcissist articles as soon as I see his picture. I am dreaming that in 2023 a large portion of his adoring followers will finally realize that he has done much more harm to them than any possible good. I am fantasizing that in 2023 he will finally limp into his castle in Florida and just spend 24/7 admiring images of himself and leave the rest of us alone. I am dreaming of these things, but I am not counting on them. He seems like a BAD cold that just won’t go away.

Finally, to how my world is shrinking

I am determined that by the end of January, the time I spend browsing the news of the world will be down to less than half of what it is now. No, I am not going to stick my head in a hole and make believe that the world is Shangri-La, but I am going to try to daily limit my exposure to it.

Dreaming of the future is kinda crimping my existence in the present, and I don’t have much of that left.

I plan to spend more time trying to get involved here at my RetCom (retirement community) and getting to know my fellow residents on a deeper level. I don’t really know if this is even possible, but until I try it, I will never know. Since I was in the hermit mode for more than a decade, this will be a challenge, but I kind of think I am up to it.

Last year, I jumped on some New Year’s resolutions that were probably not accomplishable in a lifetime. This year I am going to take baby steps, after completing one it is off to the next. I have high hopes that, this time next year, I will look on 2023 as making me a happier, or at least a little less depressed person.

2 thoughts on “My World Is Shrinking… Thank Heavens

  1. I significantly reduced my news input, newsletters, and alerts a year ago. Then I finally got rid of Twitter in November 2022 and by doing those things my life is a lot less stressful. I scan the local newspaper first thing and the wife watches the evening news, while sort of following along, but usually put on headphones and listen to music while reading a book or catching up on my journal. I still have an idea of things going on in the world, but it doesn’t dominate my life like it used to.

    I am focusing more on things that I can control than worrying about things that no matter what I do or worry about them nothing will change.


    1. Thanks for the thoughts, Harold. I think I have a Twitter account, but I have never used it to even a slight degree. I generally see it as a propaganda tool. I think I will take your advice on the other things you mentioned.

      Focusing on things you can actually control is wise advice from a very thoughtful person


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