Holiday

Holding onto the thread of myself.

Dear Self,

It is hardest to keep up this daily writing habit during the holidays.

All the edges fray.

I stop shaving.

I get to bed late.

I don’t wake at 6 am.

I don’t get out of bed and sit down and write.

The day becomes a deconstructed series of events that have fewer edges than normal…and I forget.

Why not just stop writing for the holidays?

I’ve thought about that.

I keep writing because it means through periods of rest and regeneration I keep a hold of the thread of myself.

Which I find valuable.

And comforting.

Love

Luke

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Enjoying all the things.

Dear Self,

I have a lot to do and only a limited number of days to do it in.

And, I’d like to enjoy all those things.

Ok, that’s good to note. All these things are things I have chosen to do. They all make the world a better place, so – well worth the effort.

Then, once they are all done, I’m going on a holiday!

So, do lots of great things you love and then go on a holiday and have fun.

No problems.

Love

Luke

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Will I regret this?

Will I regret this? Drawing Luke Hockley.

Will I regret this? Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I’ve just spent the afternoon moving in ways I have not moved for quite some time.

Handstands and cartwheels and play wrestling on the beach.

It felt great to be moving again, but…will I regret this in the morning?

Let’s wait and see.

Love

Luke

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I love the rhythm of my life.

I love the rhythm of my life. Drawing Luke Hockley.

I love the rhythm of my life. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

The thing about holidays is that the rhythm of my life goes all haywire.

It seems like it is ideal.

Freedom!

I can do what I want, sleep when I want, watch movies when I want, exercise when I want, eat when I want…

And that all sounds perfect, except it does not suit my constitution.

I am a creative soul who is incredibly nurtured by rhythms and structures.

I love deciding, in advance, what is important to me and then structuring my time to reflect that.

The decisions about what I will be doing when are then taken care of.

Time away from such a schedule is great, for a moment, but I tend to let go of the fundamental things that keep me balanced. Movement, writing this letter early each day, eating my meals at regular times, getting enough sleep…

Maybe I need to build a holiday rhythm? So that way I can have time away from the everyday but not lose the fundamentals?

Also, it’s nice to have a break every now and then, but the everyday is not a punishment I need to escape.

It is comforting to know that I love the rhythm of my life.

Love

Luke

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Something is different.

Something is different. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Something is different. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Something is different, and I don’t know what it is.

I feel different somehow. I feel less driven. I feel more…resigned? Or…content?

Acceptance? Is that it?

Lethargy?

Overwhelm?

Maturity?

Am I just in a holiday mood or am I losing my mojo or am I becoming deeply focused and more capable of letting go of trying to be everything to everyone?

I don’t know.

All I know is that something is different, and I don’t know what it is.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,140

It heals me.

It heals me. Drawing Luke Hockley.

It heals me. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

No one is making me write a letter to myself every day.

It is something I choose to do because it heals me.

To visit with myself and keep in touch with where I am is an act of kindness towards myself.

It's a choice I make because of the great benefits I get over the long game.

I could choose to stop or decide not to write when I am on holidays, or unwell, or whatever…but I don’t want to do that right now because during those times I still want to be kind to myself.

And, I find being kind to myself (at any time) is pretty good for me.

I choose to take care of myself in this way.

Love

Luke

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That arbitrary line.

That arbitrary line. Drawing Luke Hockley.

That arbitrary line. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Breathe out.

That arbitrary line has been reached.

I made it.

Whatever it is.

And now I am relieved.

I can have a rest from the responsibility of that stuff for a moment.

It’s nice to have a moments break.

Love

Luke

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A list of things.

A list of things. Drawing Luke Hockley.

A list of things. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

A list of things to do is still a holiday.

It just depends on what’s on the list.

And how much pressure there is to do them.

Love

Luke

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Hot and joyful.

Hot and joyful. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Hot and joyful. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Summer.

Hot and joyful.

Scrambled eggs and a cup of tea.

Family trips to a river.

Crafting with the kids and water fights.

Warm nights under the fan.

Hot days in the air-conditioning.

It’s summer.

Love

Luke

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Holiday is a state of mind.

Holiday is a state of mind. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Holiday is a state of mind. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I’ve decided the next three days are a holiday.

It is amazing how a decision like this can create a mood of levity, joy and potential in me.

Holiday is a state of mind.

For sure.

Love

Luke

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