I'm not sure what the exact definition of island fever is, but I think I have it.
I know... I know... No one wants to hear it because I live here....
It's a beautiful place, but it's also a very tiny speck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The entire island I live on is a single county. Back home, I don't think I ever stayed in the same county for more than a week without at least venturing out for something, so I certainly never stayed there for months at a time. It's beginning to make me feel trapped and a little claustrophobic.
Those feelings are making me feel very much like I'm in a rut. There are only so many things I want to do on this nearly 600 square mile rock alone. You can't go to the beach everyday, and hikes or touristy things aren't so much fun by yourself.
This rut-- which probably stems from such a monotonous routine-- has really started to effect my creativity. It's beginning to seem like no project can hold my attention. I have a half finished furniture remake, a 3/4 finished crochet blanket, a few nearly completed beanies, and a few paintings that I'm trying like crazy to get through. The motivation just isn't there.
And when the motivation isn't there, the work's not that great. And if the work's not that great, I'm not going to waste my time on something I'll have to redo. Therefore, I've tried to take a few days this past weekend to re-group. I literally just sat around reading, walking my dogs, or lounging at the pool. I needed something to reboot my system to get a few things done before I can fully recharge on my trip home to Georgia in a little over a week. Hopefully it will work.
Anyone else ever find themselves in such a rut from being in the same place way too long, no change in scenery, or just plain monotony?
Just for giggles, I thought I'd share a ridiculous photo from my reading rendezvous this weekend. My sweet Duke has no idea that he's 80-some-odd pounds. He thinks he's the size of a chihuahua and that it's okay for him to crawl up in my lap like one. I think he's just a little too big. What do you think?