As most of you know, I regularly have bouts of insomnia. When I was in Taiwan, I slept easily (except on the plane). I would be reading and before I know it, I was asleep. J would wake me up and then I would put away my eye glass and crawled under the blankets. It did take a bit of time to get used to sleeping in different beds. But it was a lot shorter than I thought.
Now that I’m back, my insomnia is starting to intrude. Last night, I chatted (via WhatsApp) with my cousin who lives out in the west coast. We haven’t chatted in ages and in fact haven’t seen each other for years. He has a wicked sense of humour and a caring heart. He asked when I was coming out to visit him. So maybe next year I’ll head out to LA. Should I rent a car? I’m terrified of the traffic in LA. But we’ll see. I need to get through this year first.
Before I went to Taiwan, I had a back problem and was seeing a chiropractor right up to the date of departure. I stretched and did exercises while I was there. My back was sore but I think it was because I was carrying a camera bag (messenger style – about 10 to 12 lbs). After a few weeks, I carried my camera in my knapsack surrounded by a towel.
Now that I’m back home, my back is starting to act up. The other day, I was in pain and had a lot of problems getting off the couch. Yes – I think sitting down is a huge part of the problem. In Taiwan, we were mobile most of the time.
I’m sure stress is contributing to this. If I quit work, the work place stress will be replaced by a different type of stress. So I’m trying different ways to deal with it. We’ll see if that works. But I need to find a more effective way of dealing with it.