Slowing Things Down

 Rush, rush, rush. Do this, do that. Check ten things off the to-do list only to add five more later. Oh, and I have to do that other thing, too. Why isn’t this finished yet? I’d better get that done real quick.

Does that sound familiar to you? It does to me. Life can sometimes seem like it’s all-go, no-stop. Sometimes it feels like there’s just no *time* to stop, or even slow down. When you’ve got a to-do list that’s half a mile long, and that never quite seems to get shorter, it can, quite frankly, be exhausting.

Well, a few weeks ago, my body told me to SLOW! DOWN! Or rather, the fact that I slipped on a huge patch of ice and fell, putting three small fractures in my right elbow, told me to slow down. After a trip to an immediate care facility, then an orthopedic doctor, plus x-rays and a CT scan and then *more* x-rays, my elbow should be healing nicely. I’m not in a cast, but I have to wear a sling most of the day.

Between this and losing my dad early in the year, I’ve really been forced to take a step back and slow down. I can’t do things the same way I could before I broke my elbow (on my dominant hand, of course). Writing is better now that I can take the sling off once in a while; same with typing. Cooking is a challenge, and quite frankly, my husband has been great in stepping up to help. Getting dressed isn’t too bad, but I still can’t zip most of my jackets over my sling.

For the first few days, it was definitely frustrating. I wanted to start dinner when I got home from work, then realized there’s no way I’d be able to one-handedly lift a hot pan out of the oven right now. I wanted to get some laundry done, but carting that down to the basement was a no-way, Jose. I wanted to wash my hair, but it took extra effort not to try to use my right arm.

I’ve slowed things down a bit, focused on just doing what I can, and taking it one day at a time. It’s helped, a lot. I’m no brain surgeon, and it’s okay if the laundry has to wait another day or two to get done. It’s okay if it takes me an extra hour to finish this piece I’m writing; my deadlines are mostly self-imposed anyway. It’s fine if it ends up taking me 3 months to read this book because I can’t focus on reading a lot of days. And I haven’t even touched my NaNoWriMo / novel project since last year, but I know it’ll be there when I’m ready to circle back to it.

What am I in a big rush for anyways?

Life is meant to be lived now, not in the ink on some never-ending to-do list.

To 27, And Beyond…

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve had this site going for over five years now. My first post was July 2, 2012, when I was just 21 years old. Now, as I write this, I’m 27, having recently celebrated my birthday.

Every year around my birthday, I reflect back on the year behind me. Each year brings new experiences, new people, new challenges, new dreams and new opportunities. This past year was no different. Overall, honestly? It was pretty great.

Some of the highlights, under the cut:

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“Live While You’re Alive”

I went to Toronto for the day yesterday and I was coming home, I saw a quote on a billboard just outside of the city. It really got me thinking and I’d like to share it with you.

“Live while you’re alive.”

Such a simple quote…. just four words and yet, if you think about it, it’s a great, powerful text.

How many of us don’t take advantage of all the opportunities we have in life? How many of us choose to play it safe rather than risk a little here or there? How many of us decide to stay at equilibrium rather than try something that put the scales off balance? How many of us are stuck in routines that we simply can’t escape from, no matter how hard we try? How many of us are living our lives day to day without ever trying anything different?

We are all alive. As long as we’re still breathing – and last I checked, I still was – we all have this beautiful life that we were given, and we should cherish that. Cherish it and USE it and take advantage of that. Don’t sit still, don’t wait for things, and don’t stop yourself from doing the things you want.

Live while you’re alive, as that quote says. Take risks. Try new things, go places, talk to new people. Don’t be afraid – and even if you are, go for it anyways. Look at things from a different perspective. Give someone a chance. Do something wild and crazy; do something you never thought you’d do. Try something NEW for the first time, even if you have no idea how it’s going to turn out. Dye your hair, buy yourself dinner, go out with friends, sleep an extra 15 minutes, try a new restaurant, go for a sport, or just do something outside of your every day routine & normal realm.

Just live, and enjoy life.