January 17. The Ultimate Blog Challenge.

Another morning. Another grey day. Another blank page. How shall I fill it? I’m off to a good start. Made that appointment with SaskEnergy for Thursday. It wasn’t hard. I wonder why I procrastinate, why it feels hard. I’ve been thinking about that word again all day yesterday. I thought about it driving to my exercise class. The traffic was a steady stream and all those piles of snow and the grey sky pressing down on us. I wonder how I managed all that stress driving the same route to work for over 30 years.

I feel grateful that I no longer had to get up at the crack of dawn. I am grateful that I’m not driving down College Drive in the cold and dark to spend 12 hours saving lives and emptying bedpans. I think I’ve earned my dues. I have to retire that hard word again. Put it out of mind and drive in the slow and easy lane. I don’t need any more challenges. I need more ease and more fun. I need to get my kicks on route nice and easy.

How to do it? I think I have to change my mindset. I have to dip my toes into the fun pool slowly, one at a time. It might take me awhile to get comfortable with fun. I’m a serious person. What other people consider ‘fun’ sometimes evoke pain in me. I have to give it some thought on what brings me just simple joy. I went online and google fun things to do. Here’s some possibilities:

  • Play an instrument
  • Write a short story
  • Do a crossword puzzle
  • Try origami
  • Try a board game
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Build a snow fort
  • Write a letter
  • Start scrapbooking
  • Bake cookies
  • Become a YouTube star
  • Unplug my devices
  • Paint my nails

I think this is a fair list to start on. I think I will shop for a puzzle and some nail polish. I have to remember this is to have fun and not to make it into some kind of challenge. To be sure, I know I will fall off my fun wheel and have to get back on it again time after time.

8 thoughts on “DRIVE IN THE EASY LANE

  1. There’s a lot of cool stuff in that fun list. And even tasty (bake cookies). I like scrapbooking and some of the other stuff. I think that being a youtube star might be pushing it a bit. At any rate, do what makes you happiest. Shifting away from work will be good. Best wishes to you.

  2. Hi Lily, Is blogging a fun activity?
    I might be dyslexic because I was prepared to read about driving in the East lane. Ok if you are driving North or South, but where is the East lane if you are driving East or West?

  3. From one retired nurse to another. I went on to to do many things after retiring and have had wonderful experiences that I am very grateful for. Best Wishes in your endeavours.

  4. After spending so many years helping people, you deserve to rest and enjoy life. To me, saying I have to have fun is too much pressure. Do whatever brings you joy – skiing, reading, etc. thank you for sharing your journey.

    1. Thanks, Cheryl. I admit I am having a little trouble with everything this part of January. I’m changing my routine a bit. Maybe it will help.

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