When I was young, it seems I was always waiting for . . . something. The Next Big Event or Special Day or Turning Point that would mark my life and make it "special." I was totally bored by the ho-hum, everyday cadence of my life. I wanted Big Things.
As I grew older, I started to get it. I began to get a glimpse of what was actually behind all those "life-is-a-journey-not-a-destination" quotes and inspirational posters. That Special Days . . . were special, sure. But they weren't . . . everything.
And then I got cancer.
All I wanted, then, was Everyday-ness.
I craved the ordinary, "normal" pace and cadence of life. I wanted to feel a breeze and drink some wine on my patio and pet my dog and see movies with my husband. I wanted to talk to my mom on the phone and send cards to my sister and hug my kids and cook a plain, old, ordinary dinner. I wanted to meet my friends for coffee and sit through committee meetings and sort the mail and pull weeds. I wanted to put gas in my car and run errands and vacuum my floor and watch tv.
Yes. That kind of excitement.
Sometimes, you have to have the absolute wonder of Everyday-ness threatened. . . to completely appreciate its value and loveliness. Or . . . that's how it worked for me.
Back in January, in that flurry of goal-making so common to a fresh, new year, I stated that I wanted to "Celebrate the Ordinary" as one of my annual goals. I try to do this every day. I really do! But I was looking for a way to do this with more intention. Then, a while ago, I saw a new online class being offered by Big Picture Classes called 31 Things.
31 Things . . . is a class designed to to celebrate the everyday-ness, right now, right here . . . through 31 daily writing and photography prompts. It's a class designed to help document, understand, and celebrate the routine, daily stuff of life.
When I read about the class, it seemed like a perfect fit for me! Not only did I find the content and the structure appealing, but the timing actually works perfectly -- tucked neatly between the end of a very busy work time and my upcoming travels. I signed up right away!
Day One started yesterday.
So now. . . I'm immersed in 31 Things. I'm still figuring out how I'll share the process on my blog. I know I will. I'm just not sure in what format*.
*There is also a scrapbooking component to the class. One thing I know for sure . . . I am not a scrapbook kind of gal! Although I'm often inspired by the scrapbook journals other people put together, I have found that the scrapbook format does not work for me. Rather than becoming an extension of expression, scrapbooking becomes a barrier for me! So, I will NOT be participating in the scrapbooking element of 31 Things. Just sayin'.