Hi there, it’s been a while. I feel like my blog posts get fewer and further between. I don’t like that! I enjoy blogging, sharing my little part of the world. I also enjoy reading blogs. Luckily, I have been mostly keeping up with that. I don’t like to speed through the blogs I follow, just “liking” to be “liking,” or “liking” in the hopes that someone will then “like” mine. So, sometimes it takes me a while to get around to reading a post, but that’s only because I want to give it my full attention.
But that’s not what I’m writing about today. Today I wanted to share what I’ve been doing and also share why today is a special day for me.
I finished a writing deadline that consisted of four articles on four different subjects for two different magazines. Yeah, I stretched way out of my comfort zone again, just like last time. I love writing articles on a variety of subjects. I love the research involved. I love the things that I learn and the people that I meet. I even (should I dare say this?) love a deadline. Even though they’re stressful. Very stressful. A deadline gives me direction, discipline, and motivation. A deadline gives me something to work toward. When I have a writing deadline, I am up at 6:00 am, and I write/research until 6:00 pm. And usually much later. And I love it! With no deadline, I feel kinda lost. I still get up early, but I flounder. Why is that?
I always break for lunch. I treat my writing life like a job, because well, it is a job! I write. I revise. I write some more. I get paid for my efforts.
I also take a walking break, but I consider that still working. When I walk my mind is sharpened, my body is exercised, and my spirit is renewed. On these walks I notice trees, wildlife, flowers, streams, rocks, clouds, and other forms of nature. The past couple of weeks (and finally rains!) have brought forth mushrooms. Lots and lots of mushrooms, and a wide variety of these magical, mysterious treasures. I think mushrooms are every bit as beautiful as flowers, but I know many won’t share my views on that. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
So writing and walking and reading and observing nature. That’s what has kept me busy lately.
I mentioned today is a special day for me. It’s not special in a big celebratory kind of way. It’s a special day of remembrance, which I do celebrate. Quietly. My sister Reco would have been 54 years old today. She was the sister right above me. I have two other older sisters. (Yes, I’m the baby.) When Reco died in 2007, it nearly destroyed me. It certainly devastated me. I know there’s a lot of talk about grief, suffering, and death on this site. I consider it a major part of life. You know what Morrison said: No one here gets out alive. We might as well talk about it and get real comfortable with it.
This day for me is no longer sad, though. I remember all of the happy times. The funny times. The tender times. That time she saved my life; that’s the day she become my hero. I’ll tell that story, too. Someday.
For today, I just want to remember all of the good times we shared as young girls and as adults. She probably taught me as much as anyone about how to live for the day, in the moment. You can read a bit more about Reco (her real name was Cyretha) here.
I’m going out for a walk. Enjoy your day. If you’re breathing, it’s a special one.
Mushrooms, Deadlines, Life, and Death…Oh, what a crazybeautiful life we live.