I have been far too serious over here recently.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that I spend most of my time digging around in my head or going in philosophical
circles knots – but, actually, it only takes up about 60% of my time.
Not even that.
I have been trying to keep the emphasis on living – rather than thinking about living – and it’s meant that when I’m not being all introspective, I’ve had a little learning and lots of fun.
It seems a shame to only focus on the weighty stuff, so I wanted to hat tip the things that have been keeping me busy over here. Life moves so fast; and there is a tension in me between wanting to skip merrily onto the next thing – and pausing to capture and appreciate what has gone on.
Last week was full of golden moments. Here are some –
The shadow of the Alps behind a sharp blue sky. Bottles of wine in a French courtyard under a blazing hot sun. Mussels and the smell of rain and out-of-a-film tunnels between the narrow terracotta alleys of old Lyon. Cathedrals so ornate that the work carries an echo of the people who have gone before; Roman ruins that immediately connect you back –
Live music that takes you somewhere else. An evening with an old friend, and the sense that brings of coming home. A passing-the-door-of-my-work visit from my baby nephew; and his delight at the fact that he is now able to properly roll. A creative session that blew out the cobwebs and the satisfied tiredness of feeling like you’ve moved an idea on.
My first bookslam. The excitement of discovering blow-you-away authors and the surprise at enjoying something that you weren’t a hundred percent sure about. A lazy Friday night with a glass of wine and the irresistible pull of sleep halfway through a film…
There was some hard stuff in between and a lot of rain – but this is some of the magic that I want to make sure I keep, especially as I’m not sure all my weeks will be this adventurous!
Would love to hear about anything you’re taking with you too. 🙂