I don't know about you but I have those kind of days when I really do not want to follow my usual routine. I want to break out and do something different or go somewhere different. Anything to break the monotony of this pandemic reality.
I also realize how blessed I am to be able to use the majority of my at home time to create art. I have been doing that for the last 2 years so it isn't all that different to be isolated at home for me. My problem is that I get stuck in the same day-to-day routine. Wake up, have my coffee, figure out my need to do's and want to do's, yoga, meditation and head into the studio to begin working on art with breaks for household chores and maybe a nice 2 mile walk up a nearby hill. I also try to practice cello as a continuing beginner that does not appear to have the discipline necessary to practice on most days.
I confess that I am a hard-core list maker. About 4 years ago I decided that I was tired of always writing down the same New Year's Goals year after year and the only thing that could possibly work is by making myself accountable by having my daily, weekly and monthly goals listed where I can see them glaring at me morning after morning to tell me that I did not achieve what I could have.
I have definitely made some progress toward my long-term goals; however, I also want to take time to get out and experience more of life. It's that question of am I living a full life or am I mired in mediocrity? There is always a question of balance.
Pre-pandemic life included art walks, concerts and art festivals filled with people, sounds, food and life. That's what I am missing and hoping to fill the void with more hiking, more outdoor photography with and without models, enjoying nature and time with family away from the chores.
Oh and yes, that is on my weekly list - to do something different and go somewhere different at least once a week to fill that empty space and to live my life as fully as possible. After all, life is not meant to be lived in mediocrity.
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