If you've been hanging around these pages, you'll know that Aimless Skylarking postings have been sparse over the past month. Before and after a two week vacation to the UK in early May, I spent an inordinate amount of time working here to keep the content coming, even while I was away. Upon return, I was met with a mountain of submissions and a blank slate. Two weeks away was tough on the inspiration, and I spent far too much time trying to catch up. It got the best of me. Then, a one week scheduled mid-summer hiatus to spruce up the website and clear the inbox amounted to not much more than a break, and was extended to two weeks. And then it's been tough getting back into the swing of things for one good reason.
Around the time Aimless Skylarking was to come back online, I was hit with a life change that has made me re-evaluate many things in my life. While I love the art of music, and love sharing it here, I myself had forgotten to live and love. Burdened by the humdrum of daily life, I had become a prisoner of those things. All the while, I was trying to be the person I thought all those around me wanted me to be, not what they needed. What they needed was me to be the real me, the one I was before the routines of life dragged me down. And that's the me I needed too. I'd forgotten what it was like to have carefree fun, to go on adventures, to get excited. And to truly be happy, because life is really far too short.
So I am going to take Sturgill Simpson's 'Just Let Go' to heart. I think "Taking a 49 divine day vacation, from reality and all else in between" sounds like my path forward until after Labor Day. I'm working on things in a positive way and I can already see the effects; now, I need to just let go and experience life, and along the way, I hope to find a whole new me.