Menopause Immigrant to Procrasti-Nation

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I feel like I’ve inadvertently applied for citizenship in a new country – the Procrasti-Nation. Oh, I’m still keeping my US passport and all the freedoms we enjoy. But since the Pause, it seems I’ve adopted a whole new cosmology. Why do today what you can put off ’til tomorrow? Or forever? Why not do something frivolous or fun instead of my chores or commitments?

Our national anthem here in Procrasti-Nation might be “Feelin’ Groovy”. Or “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Instead of the lofty Latin “e pluribus unum”, our motto could be “I’ll Do It Later.”

Our national pastime: cloud watching. Far more entertaining than baseball, I think, and you don’t have to keep track of stats or wear jerseys.

So here I sit, writing my weekly blog entry at the last possible moment. I was going to write more about the Goddesses’ caregiving insights at our annual gathering, but I just couldn’t marshall my thoughts. The topic is so important that I’ll have to do it later.

That’s what happens when you live part-time in Procrasti-Nation. The important stuff waits while you do something less pressing, maybe even downright trivial. Like untangling your ‘ball’ of necklaces or reading your Facebook news.

Although I don’t “accomplish” as much when residing in this new place, I have to say that I’m a big fan of procrastinating. I spend more time petting the cats and dog. I’m more present to my friends when they drop by. And I’ve found a lot of stuff takes care of itself if you just leave it alone.

I’ve also fallen into some fun new projects because I was avoiding those items on the top of my prioritized to do list. Case in point: I was at a women’s writer’s retreat with Venus Karen Leland and a host of other wonderful, creative goddesses last summer. We were writing, reading, and critiquing one another.

One day, when we were supposed to be working on our various projects, I found myself taking a yet another unplanned vacation to Procrasti-Nation. One of my passions (passionettes, actually) is digital photography. Since all of us were engaged in the big living room with our laptops, I had to look busy. On the spot, I created a photo blog that I named “The Digital Diva”.

Weirdly enough, it took off. Enough so that my husband, Dewitt, asked if we could do another blog like it to just showcase our iPhone art. So Digital Diva / Digital Dude was born. We’ve taught classes and just written an article about creative iPhone apps and photo art for Outdoor Photographer magazine (it’s due out in a few months.)

Most of the time I spend in Procrasti-Nation does not lead to new blogs or much of anything save untangled silver chains. Like they say on the weight loss commercials, actual results may vary. Still, it feels like a gift that menopause has given me: an actual pause in my busyness and frenetic doing. And that’s why I’ve decided to emigrate there. Every now and then.

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8 Responses to Menopause Immigrant to Procrasti-Nation

  1. Maureen January 22, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    I have been procrastinating about getting an iPhone and then you come out with something interesting to do. How much longer can I procrastinate?!

  2. Theresa January 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    Unfortunately, in my business unexpected timelines, “appear today – due yesterday” force a level of procrastination upon me. So, I claim that putting things off for another time are not always my fault. YET, truth be known, I am amazed at how often I will find myself justifying my decision to “put off until tomorrow . . .” Truth be known, I often find that I spend more time justifying the procrastination than the doing of the deed actually takes. Where was I going with this?

  3. goodpix January 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    I do some of my best work when I wait until the moment seizes me … many times way after the deadline I have given myself or sometimes after someone else has given me…. Timing is everything

  4. Jan January 23, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    I loved reading about your new adopted country! I vacation there a lot and really enjoy myself! Also, it is really good for a person’s golf game to pause, enjoy the motion, and the surrounding beauty of the course!!!

  5. Betty Zahler January 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    I believe that Lynette has somthing significant with her procastiNation. Life is so short and enjoying people and your pets are important. Do we need to do things rather than concentrate on life itself? Absolutely not! There are musts but some of those can and should be ignored. As a person in the twilight years agree totally this is the way to go.

  6. dale January 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Lynette, nice photos on the D Squared site – however, when I click on a photo to see it full size, I can’t return to your page by clicking “back” or the back button. I have to completely leave my browser and then go back in. Not sure if this is happening on my end only, or if there’s something else going on. Just a head’s up.
    Nice photos though!
    Cheers,
    Dale

  7. Alena February 4, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Alena

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