About a week ago today I became sick. I mean, very sick. Worse than I felt in a long time. I don't want to get into any specifics, but I was unable to keep even water down for about four days, and continued feeling really lousy for about three more days. Thankfully, I'm feeling better now, and it has also given me some thoughts on being sick, and the rest the comes with it.
When you get this sick, time kinda just stops. Maybe it is the lack of sleep, or maybe it is something else. It could be that you go so far inside yourself that the external world really doesn't matter. Everyday annoyances really don't register, you don't get angry. Today is the first day I felt annoyed since getting sick, then again, it was also the first day that I drove.
All I know now is that I feel better, and it feels like coming back from vacation. After a week, the city's subtle movements are now noticeable with the changes in signs, changes in construction, and this time of year, changing of seasons as well. It's almost like I went to bed on a hot summer night, had a weeklong nightmare now just slowly dissipating, and it's now autumn and things are feeling crisp again. As crisp as things get in the fall in Texas anyway. It's also October, which of course means Halloween, a favorite of mine since a kid.
Autumn is also the time of harvest, the time of abudence before lack. It is the time of year to really honor the ebb and flow of life. And with that, I am trying to not view my sick week as a missed week, but a week in which I watched all of season 2 of New Girl.
Kelsey Jenkinson is a 27 year old artist in currently living and working in Austin, Texas.