Middle of Life Growth Spurt
Mr. C and I are getting older. We’ve hit mid life, and we have been doing a lot of reflecting. We’ve had friends our age having heart attacks. Some died. Lots of divorces. Lots of breast cancer and hysterectomies. Evidence of the wheel turning surrounds us. In our own home there have been changes too. Our kids are grown and moved on their own. Our lives have turned more inward now that there aren’t so many demands for caring for others. And as a result we’ve had a bit of a middle of life growth spurt. The best part of it is that we have grown together rather than apart.
As you know, I had a surgery in September that left me stuck on the couch for many weeks. That gave me plenty of time to think of and plan out the next ten years of my life. Where do I want to go? What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? I have freedoms to move around now unlike ever before in my life. What do I want to do with it? Well my answers surprised me. My entire life has been a series of overachievement missions. I’ve always gone big–the Capricorn in me. This time I’m actually thinking the opposite. It turns out that I prefer being quiet and close to home. And I’ve decided that what would bring me and Mr. C the greatest happiness and peace is to scale back to the things that give us the most pleasure. For me, those things include gardening, reading, travel, friends, family, knitting, cooking and of course, my art and art business. It also includes my spirituality–an equal mix of Christian/Native American spirituality/Earth religions, which by its nature involves lots of time devoted to worship and ceremony.
You will note that the list above does not include this blog. Will I stop blogging? No. But what I won’t be doing is a weekly cleaning list. I don’t know when it happened that this blog became a cleaning blog, but that was never its intent. Fly Lady does that too well for me to be needed there. 🙂 This blog is about family and getting back to basics. It’s about going back to how things were before Facebook and cell phones and corporate ladder marches. So that’s where I’m taking it back to. Yes. If we see a good cleaning tip, we’ll share it, of course. Just as we hope to share things like canning and knitting and family celebration ideas.
My goal over the next five years is to turn my home and property into more of a homestead than a “yard”. That means lots of work and less time to be here, but it also means that when I am here I hope to share things of quality that will add to your life in meaningful ways. Mr. C and I also plan to expand our art business so that we can have more opportunities to serve others outside of our home. We do lots of fundraisers but we want to do more hands on projects– arts and crafts days at shelters or with the elderly, for example. We’ll share some of those experiences too.
So here’s the deal. If you don’t see me posting very often, it’s just because we are busy living the life we plan to write about. Sit tight. We’ll be back here and there with a tidbit or two worth sharing. I still plan to post that knitted slipper pattern that my grandmother taught me very soon, just as soon as I start the next pair so that I can take photos as I go along from the start. Watch for those. Until then …