This weekend I did something that I thought I would possibly never, ever be able to do. In a stark contrast to my normal weekends, I actually did something.
So, it’s back to normality once again. My three-day review of the songs in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest gave me a little Easter break away from writing my daily blog posts, so I only had to pop by every now and again to make sure things were still working and appearing correctly, and no major errors had occurred with the blog or even WordPress itself! I’ve become quite attached to this little sub-section of cyber space… unfortunately, that attachment has made me somewhat a little too over concerned, if not protective around here. Hence my need for the little break to recharge my batteries, and to give myself the chance to do other things.
Not that I have done that many other things that were different from my general day to day routine, but sometimes it is nice to give attention to another of life’s areas. Over the past three days, I have:
- Mowed a lawn
- Gone shopping
- Caught up with my favourite TV show
- Had a rest
- Enjoyed the sunshine
- Eaten some fabulous food
- Tickled a couple of cats
- Slept well
- Visited my regular haunt
- Found inspiration
Nothing new there (apart from one) – all very much everyday things that are taken for granted. By taking things for granted, I tend to miss them, don’t appreciate them, and don’t appreciate the ‘extras’ that come with them.
Take mowing the lawn, for instance. I don’t do that at Aquatom Mansion (as I have staff to do that for me) but I helped my parents with their’s. There is nothing spectacular about mowing a lawn. I don’t actually mow very well – in fact I managed to strangle myself at one point with the electric cable, but I’ll gloss over that little incident – and was surprised that I had actually done it. The mowing, not the strangling.
I suffer badly from hay fever. It is as though I have an allergy to Spring and Summer, so usually I have to remain inside, unless it is raining. This is one of the reasons why I appreciate and enjoy the rain; I can get to go outside in Summer!
So, I mowed a lawn, with grass trimmings flying in the air all around me, on a very sunny day. I was outside, in the elements, and enjoying myself thoroughly. I was expecting to suffer later in the day when my eyes would have swelled to four times their normal size, and my nose would have become redder than a Martian sunset, or any other red thing imaginable. I thought I would have been sneezing constantly and itching the corners of my eyes with intense fury.
I was wrong. I didn’t experience any of that. If I hadn’t taken the advice from, and followed, one of the sports companies’ slogans and just done it, I’d have missed out on so many different levels.
The fear of the suffering in the past would have prevented me from moving forward.
I saw through that fear, I faced it head on, and just did it!
OK, I didn’t do a particularly good job, strangling aside, there were long tufts of grass left here, there and everywhere, but I’d had a go. I had fun. I’m not a gardener, so there was no way the lawn was going to look like a fine example of a show lawn, but that isn’t important. And besides, it looks like a show lawn to me, and the tufts are there to provide artistic licence. Who says show lawns have to be perfect anyway? And who decides on the meaning of perfection?
Long and lazy weekends are great fun! Normal lazy weekends are great too, but long ones are even better! Adding a little bit of ‘action’ into the laziness seems to have enhanced the quieter times rather than cancelling them out. How can you manage to do something and nothing at the same time? I have managed very well over this weekend. It’s all a matter of balance. And that ‘balance’ will have to be introduced tomorrow when I’m back in work, so I can add a little ‘something’ to the ‘nothing’.