I won’t tell you too much about it as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who decides to take the course, but I’d love to share what I have been doing; and how it has made me feel.
One thing that I have found tricky is the fact that I am away from home and don’t have any of my ‘history’ with me here in the US. No old photos. No favourite DVDs. And at the beginning of the week, no access to my music library (now sorted!). I also made a ‘minimise paper’ pact with myself when we moved, so no glossy magazines for me – if I want a magazine I use the newsstand app on my iPad! So, I have had to get a little creative!
Our first task made me realise how lucky I am. Only having easy access to recent photos, I noticed that I looked really happy and relaxed in photos taken since we moved to the states (well, after the initial exhaustion from the move had worn off!). I know that I feel less stressed now that I’m not working all the hours that god sends, but to see it reflected so clearly in my face was a surprise.
My mother is an inspiration to me. Whenever I am asked who I admire, she is always my first thought. Her determination and strength in being a single, working, mum is something that I can now appreciate in a way that I didn’t before I had children. That feeling of 100% responsibility, that I only ever feel for a few days at a time when my husband is away – well, I don’t know how she did it with such consistency and calmness. Especially in the face of my 16 year old self…! Her integrity never ceases to amaze me.
Today triggered the sorting out of access to our music library! About time :) When I read the outline of the task two songs popped into my head. The first one was on a loop all day – but when I actually read the lyrics in their entirety, they didn’t quite convey what I wanted, so song number two won the day. If you’re interested, song one was Arclight by Fat Lady Sings, song two was Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer :)
I had to get a little creative with this one as the lack of photos meant I couldn’t find the one I wanted. So, I used my imagination and one of the few magazines I actually have in hard copy to create a favourite place – thankfully, the magazine I had was the Historic Scotland members mag!
An excuse to watch one of my favourite movies. Of course, the DVD is back at home, so I had to rent it – thanks go to Verizon on demand for actually having it! Should I admit what the film is… for a nearly *cough* 40 year old woman, it’s probably a bit ‘teen’ – but it really makes me smile! And, to make it worse, it’s not even a cool brat pack one. Okay, it’s… Never Been Kissed – please don’t judge me :)
So, does the fluffy movie have a message? Well, actually it does :) Remaining true to yourself and your friends can be hard. It takes courage and strength to go against the flow. And, of course, true love always wins the day :)
However hard it might be, there are moments in life when you have to do the right thing, even if it’s the last thing you want to do and may risk losing someone or something important to you.
‘Be strong, say what needs to be said, if it’s meant to be, it will be.’
I am looking forward to the next week of tasks. Art was my outlet when I was younger. Then I got caught up in work and simply didn’t make time for it. It has been years since I have sat down and taken the time to think and draw something. I am absolutely loving it. It has reminded me of the joy of creating something, just for me.