Mostly I’m a point A to point B person…. as in, we have a long way to go so let’s go. Now.
I’m not your best choice as a shopping partner. I can fake that I like shopping for a while… a short while. Typically I have a list and that’s the reason I’m at the store. I want to get it over and done. Now.
My husband is not a point A to point B person… we’ve been together almost 44 years and he’s lost somewhere in the middle of the alphabet.
If you’ve got the time he’s fun to travel with. But be prepared, you’ll see most everything you wanted to see plus a lot that you didn’t.
If you’ve got the time, he’s fun to shop with. Bring lots of money… and an appetite. There will be many coffee stops and lunch involved. Maybe breakfast. Or dinner. Possibly all three.
I’ve secretly wished I could be a little more like him. (only a little!) We’ve come a lot closer to meeting in the middle over the years, but his life seems more interesting than mine.
The problem is when I want to go to a place, or investigate something, or do a new thing, I reason myself out of it. Because, you know… there’s not enough time, it’s inconvenient to stop, someone’s waiting for me, someone is with me and they would be uncomfortable (I imagine), or I’m fearful.
Unfortunately, the last reason is probably the most true. Fear of spontaneously doing a thing and risk looking like an idiot… stops me. And it’s really quite silly.
Several times a week I drive the two-lane highway in this rural community. And every time I turn off toward the road we live on, I think how beautiful the field is. I wish I’d taken pictures of it change through the seasons. But, you know… there wasn’t time, it was inconvenient, someone was waiting on me, didn’t have my camera, or… I just felt silly pulling off the side of the road taking pictures.
The other day I realized new grass was coming up. Isn’t that a springtime event? This is the end of November in the cold, windy Pacific Northwest. Yet there it was… tender, green grass.
I pulled over and took pictures. Not great pictures. I’m still learning. Just pictures of something I want to remember.
A few minutes standing in the wind with camera in hand, rain sputtering in, refreshed me. In a moment’s time I felt renewed.
A blogging friend of mine recently wrote her word for this Christmas season is “awake”. Awake to the beauty and meaning of the season, not getting bogged down in the rush and hype. I like her choice of words.
My word is renewal. It doesn’t need to be spring for new growth. It’s happening right here, right now… in this soggy, windy, rainy place I live. It’s happening all around me… inside me.
I suppose all this sounds silly… that’s ok. But I plan to keep my camera handy for future impromptu stops. There’s nothing to be afraid of and it only takes a moment to snap the shutter.