My Year Of Rest And Relaxation

I’m currently reading ‘My Year Of Rest And Relaxation’ by Ottessa Moshfegh, a novel about a young woman who decides to drop out of society and sleep for a year. It’s an enticing concept, especially for gentlemen of a certain age like me who share a house with three crazy teenagers and an even crazier border terrier. Fionnuala and I never seem to get enough sleep.

As we emerge out of lockdown, the pace of life is slowly beginning to grind up through the gears again. The diary is filling up and opportunities to lounge around on the sofa watching Netflix are becoming rarer and rarer. And when I do I increasingly find my eyelids closing as I succumb to the temptation of the afternoon nap. I convince myself I’m just resting my eyes and then…bam…a whole hour has passed.

My wife and kids have taken great delight in this turn of events. Rebecca openly calls me ‘old man’ now without a hint of irony while Fionnuala and I have regressed to a guerilla war of filming each other asleep and then gleefully sharing the horrific content. The sight of me drooling on a cushion while snoring like a congested pig is not a pretty sight and would ruin my carefully cultivated online persona in a nanosecond if it ever saw the light of day.

Rest? Relaxation? I’m not so sure if it’s that, more grabbing whatever shuteye I can as I struggle to keep up with the demands of modern life. I’m not dropping out like the character in the book, more recharging the batteries in order to dive back into the rat race. Paddling like fury just to stay afloat and maintain the status quo. Tired? Yes. But glad to be alive and have the opportunity to participate in this bonkers world we live in.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

19 thoughts on “My Year Of Rest And Relaxation

          1. Yay! Our eldest lives in Newfoundland and apparently when she first tried to get an appointment they’d run out of vaccines. She now has one in June. She is fairly safe so I am not unduly worried.

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    1. The author makes it repeatedly clear why she chose this course of action. Yes, she was depressed, that’s the central theme of the book. Calling a depressed person lazy shows a lack of understanding of those struggling with mental illness.


  1. The world is bonkers in so many ways isn’t it? I find myself lacking sleep, but usually due to decisions I make about playing video games to late, or becoming engrossed in editing the current scene of my book until the wee hours of the morning! (Only 3000 words left on this edit! I’m starting to get excited that it might actually turn into a published book at some point!)

    I have wondered what taking some time away from everything would be like, if it would be like a version of a holiday, or if it would be like slotting ourselves out at one point and back into another (sort of time-travel-esque in a way maybe? My brain is stuck in story idea mode!)

    Thank you for your consistency and perseverance. Reading your blog is one of the things that can help me on a day I feel flat and tired, no matter what the title or content within it is.

    I hope the sports are still going strong and going well for your kids!

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