So I’ve been thinking . . . do I always have to wear pants?
For some reason, as I’ve gotten older, I no longer have a desire to wear pants around the house. No, I’m not wearing a skirt, a dress, shorts, or pajama bottoms. I just don’t want to wear any pants. I want to be like Winnie the Pooh.
In fact, there are a lot of things I no longer want to do. I no longer feel the need to chase people down. I used to get anxious, always worrying about whether I needed to keep contacting someone to get together. Now, I don’t care. Of course, I’ll return calls (well it may take me some time) but if I don’t hear back, then I’m not chasing anyone down. AND, I’m not worrying about it.
I no longer feel the need to do daredevil things like skydiving. I used to want to, and then I asked myself, Will my life feel incomplete if I don’t do this? Nope, not at all.
I don’t have to do fun and crazy things at the last minute because that’s the cool thing to do or someone else wants me to or I’m afraid I’ll miss out. I can do fun and spontaneous things because I want to, like going to the Cubs World Series Celebration Parade. I ask myself, “Will I regret it if I don’t do it?” Yep, I would. Come on, 108 years (45 years for me) of waiting for the win. Of course, I’m going to the parade.
I don’t need to worry because I haven’t completed everything on my to do list at the end of the day. I have daily assignments to do for a writing group I am in, I have a word count to reach every day for NaNoWriMo, and I have an overabundance of emails to answer. I used to stress out not getting these things completed and then I ask myself, Will your world end if you don’t get these things done today? 99.9% of the time, the answer is no. So I let go and start a new day tomorrow.
Maybe it’s because I think it’s true that life is short, do want you want to do, or maybe it’s because I believe that we create our own lives. As James Morrison says, “I got one life, and I’m gonna live it.” It’s never too late to start living the life you want to live.
And another thing (or two or five) . . .
- So glad I got to see the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in my lifetime. Thank you Cubbies!
- An updated and sweet Cubs’ tribute to their fans, using the Eddie Vedder song. Here’s the original video of the song “All the Way” by Eddie Vedder.
- Now that the stress of the World Series is over, I can go back to stressing out about the election. If you haven’t voted already, this tool may help on election day.
- And, if after the election, you still need things to be better, here’s how to make everything ok.
- Because the new La La Land trailer looks even better than the earlier teasers.
I’ve been reading . . . Upstream still. How is it Mary Oliver can capture almost exactly what I am thinking but in a much more poetic way?
I’ve been watching . . . the World Series, what else? (Although I was forbidden by two friends who shall remain nameless [Niki and Michelle] because apparently whenever I didn’t watch the game, the Cubs would win.)
Now that the World Series is over, I can go back to my regular programming, which is, oh wait, I don’t have any regular programming. What am I going to watch? I can use this awesome tool to help me decide.
I’ve been listening to . . . yes, still Glen Phillips. Clearly I’m obsessed.
Have a wonderful weekend!
(Image found here.)