Life can get boring. Yes, I know we all have busy lives, but sometimes the busy-ness even gets boring. Go to a birthday party one night, work late another night, clean house another night, work all day…. If we aren’t careful, life becomes all about the busy, just doing the status quo and really not LIVING, just surviving!!
That is not the type of life I want to live!
In November of 2013, I took a trip to Idaho for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.
While there, I had an epiphany of sorts. To say it simply, I once again learned to LIVE IN THE MOMENT! I say “once again” because I believe as children we do live in the moment. I am not sure at what point in our lives we stop, and maybe some of us never do, but somewhere along the way, sometime after the picture below was taken, I just started living the status quo.
Before and during my trip to Idaho, I felt God speaking to me to quit obsessing so much about planning and just LIVE IN THE MOMENT. (I write more about this in this blog post.) Since that trip, I have been focusing on making life meaningful, new, and vitalizing.
One of the ways I have been doing that is to pursue having new adventures. Trying new food (sushi is actually good), going to new places (Chicago is a future goal), and developing new skills (still working on the website building skill).
This week has been a pretty status quo week. Hubby was at work extremely late Monday night, I had a birthday cake to make Tuesday and then a party Tuesday night. But Wednesday night, I pursued a new adventure and worked on developing a new skill. I do think that a picture is worth a thousand words so here is the story.
Some experiences we enjoy, some we learn from, some we never want to repeat. This one fell well above that first category. I didn’t just enjoy this experience, I enjoyed it immensely. I could hardly sleep from the thrill of it. To say painting a picture was “thrilling” may seem strange to some people but that’s the word I would use to describe it. I found it relaxing, invigorating, therapeutic, and exciting. I focused on just being IN the moment, enjoying the experience fully, not worrying about the next day, not thinking about the rain outside (which was quite a flood); I was just there, painting, talking to my friend, living.
So here is the final product of my new adventure.