Mystery solved, but of course, it will change nothing ;)
Hope you are finding ways to delight in whatever makes you happy and brings you comfort this season. Sad songs and comedy are what get me through these days.
Thanks for continuing to read and check in. Appreciate the gift of your time and attention, as another year draws to a close.
[3-panel comic of a girl with a braid sitting at a desk and crying a river, as an elephant ambles by, unfazed. Panel 1 text reads, "OH MY GOD WHY CAN'T I STOP CRYING??" Panel 2 shows a moment of reflective pause, music notes coming from her laptop, which indicate "sad songs in a loop." She sniffs and Elephant walks away, leaving the frame. In panel 3, girl is sedate and has stopped crying. After a beat, the thought bubble reads, "Makes sense."]
For me it's French police procedural classics like Maigret on DVD, or rereading a book I know I like. Strange fodder for the holiday season, but yesterday I picked up The Godfather again after several years and have already read half of it.
The important thing for me is not to give into media pressure to wallow in anything approaching "nostalgia." I have no happy Christmas memories of childhood and it's no good pretending I do. So I just do what works for me.
Like Anna, I am choosing what I do, listen to, and read in these times I am even avoiding things I might have read before the pandemic.
I avoid sad music and listen to music that bring rapture and joy or is otherwise compelling.
My environment shapes me, so I take care to shape my environment
Happy New Year to you, Connie and to Anna in Spain.
On the other hand, maybe I need to have a good cry. Connie, can you suggest a few good weepers from your sad song loop?
I'm old, but back when I wallowed, I used "You Left Me (Just When I Needed You Most)" by Randy VanWarmer
Operator by Jim Croce
Sylvia's Mother by Dr Hook and the Medicine Show
And if I really want to get ridiculous, anything at all by Bobby Goldsboro.
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