Taking the day off yesterday was just what the doctor ordered. I had put my faith in Mother Nature to provide some sun for my entertainment, but she must have been busy shining elsewhere. Left to my own devices, I decided to delve into the creative aspects of my life that I have shelved for too many years. Writing is a cathartic and brilliant way to release the thoughts in my head, but getting back into a tactile artistic passion that seems to have been forgotten was a great way to spend the afternoon.
I used to love calligraphy when I was in high school and I was always doing one form of craft or another, so a cloudy afternoon was spent indoors with some paint, some brushes and a piece of wood. I had been trying for a while to set aside some time to create a new sign for the end of my driveway and yesterday inspiration struck and creativity flowed. This is the beginning of the sign that I hope to finish today.
In getting back into the crafty aspect of myself, I found a piece of me that had been missing. I began to realize how many of those small enjoyments I have been ignoring over the years because I was letting work and the needs of others take priority. I vowed to myself that I will start to put my needs first and make time to do the things that I enjoy. I only get to live this life once and I don’t want to look back with regret wondering why I let my life pass me by and I didn’t participate as much as I could. I don’t want to be on the sidelines doing things for other people and not be in the game.
Today is a beautiful, sunny day and I will be on my deck wrapped in a warm sweater with a paint brush in my hand. Today I’m back in the game.