I was surprised by just how much I wrestled with this week's theme for Corner View: one day in my life. I guess it's because at this point I'm doing a bit of a reboot. You see, I left my job in mid December. It was a very painful decision to make for sure, but it was the right one. Now I'm at a place in my life where my time and my options are all wide open in front of me. I get to reinvent my days and make some new choices. During this time of rediscovery I'm spending a lot more time doing the creative things I love to do and that build me up. All that said though, I don't know what a typical day for me even IS any more. It's all new!
In broad strokes though I can say that each and every day begins with cuddles. Before my eyes even open I'm on the receiving end of soft purring, neck nuzzling love from my kitties - one laying heavily against me and one laying on top of me, adjusting himself as I turn over. Not to be left out, my big ol' dog comes over, stands next to the bed and rests his head on my shoulder and gazes at me with his huge dark eyes. The three of them escalate their furry lovefest until they succeed in getting me up and out of bed. It's actually a pretty great way to start the day.
One of my creative pursuits is photography. For me anyway, purposefully taking photos is not too far from meditation. I quiet myself, often sitting patiently or walking slowly, focusing on some small aspect of what is going on around me and taking time to notice lines, light, shadows, color and interplay. Capturing joy, sadness, youth, age, and other human conditions is also pretty amazing. The icing on this delicious cake is the surprise I often get when I upload my photos to my computer and see that the camera caught something completely unexpected.
Dave and I are always seeking out cultural events including music and arts and of course, my camera is always with me! There's always something wonderful going on around here and when there isn't, we head out into the great outdoors. Sometimes (as in the photo below) we get both!
And whether we're performing ourselves...
...or enjoying someone else's talent, there's music in one form or another in each and every one of my days.
At the end of the day, Dave and I reconnect after our hours apart, talk about our day, our family, our tomorrow and our plan for days ahead.