“You know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change but pretty soon… everything is different.” – Bill Watterson
Bill Watterson is so brilliant. This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. I think about it a lot, especially lately. It is so difficult to find the time to do the things that I want to do (reading, writing, photography) because when I get home from the day job, it’s time to be a mom. I want my kids to look back some day and remember me always being around and running them to places and being at all their activities and events. At the same time, I don’t want to have them “leave the nest” and realize I have no interests of my own. I’m sure this is the case for lots of moms. So we trudge on, day by day. Procrastination of my own interests and hobbies becomes pretty easy to do when I have such excellent excuses.
The other night, as I was making dinner, I caught a glimpse out the kitchen window and gasped. They sky was a brilliant pink. It was that kind of pink that you only get to see once in a while when conditions are just right. For a minute, I felt sorry for myself. “If I didn’t have people relying on me for dinner, I’d grab the camera and jump in the car and head for the edge of town to snap a few pictures.” I’ve always felt like there are too many trees in my backyard and we are too far down in the river valley to get a decent sunset picture.
For some reason, at that moment, a switch flipped in my brain and I decided to just take five minutes and see what I could capture out in the backyard. Dinner was simmering and cooking and I could spare five minutes. I was pretty happy (and surprised) with the result.
I’m going to try to flip that switch more often and take five minutes here and there to do the things I love – even if I only have those few minutes. Because, if I’m not paying attention, all those chances will slip past me and before I know it, everything with be different.
Have a fantastic weekend!