It’s living in a pandemic. And the time of year. And being new to a city I haven’t explored much because of that pandemic. And exhaustion. And attending to the needs of others. And my brain. Plenty of obstacles and constraints keep me from having the time and energy and mental space to get to all the things I’d like to be experiencing and enjoying and savoring in life. But making a list and writing those things down makes me realize that while I won’t be doing some of them any time soon, others I could start adding to my life today or next week.
browsing thrift stores with my mom
visiting a museum
discovering “my” local coffee shop
scheduling coffee with friends
reading a poem–at least one–every day
writing more feedback for my students
attending conferences in person
painting all the rooms in my house bold colors
sitting on a screened porch with my cats
walking in the forest
sleeping until the alarm goes off
catching up on letters to penpals
reading all morning
planting more flowers
eating a meal in a restaurant
reading the Sunday New York Times cover to cover
What would be on your list?
My theme for Slice of Life 2022 is finding inspiration in the writing of others. Each day I plan to find my slice in someone else’s words or forms. Today, I was inspired by my dear friend, Julieanne, at To Read To Write To Be.
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