This year isn’t a year for resolutions as far as I am concerned but I always do a little bit of mental stocktaking and looking back at the start of a new year, or in my case – the end of January.
Last year, like the year before, was a bumpy year. There was my accident, immobility, stress, recovery, illness, sadness, family problems, and other worries, yet, last year was also the happiest year of my life so far!
A lot of that happiness came from feeling creatively satisfied. For me this helps me with all those other problems. I have also discovered that in order to feel creatively satisfied I need to write all the time and garden all the time.
Impossible huh? Okay I agree, plus there are a few other things I enjoy doing as well, like walking, reading, watching film and drama. I won’t go on as this is starting to sound like a boring CV.
So, unable to write and garden all the time I satisfy my creative needs by doing both as much as I can. If I get a bit of decent weather I garden until I’m too stiff to do any more and then I write.
There is a lot of bad weather here in Galway and I admit I get stiff after a few hours so I spend a lot more time writing than I do gardening. This works out very well as I have got to pay bills too.
Last year I started to write about gardening on my gardening blog and I have found this a great way to combine the two.
I suppose the key for me has been to pursue my passions relentlessly and not to let the other stuff get in the way.
Have you done any mental stocktaking? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Bye for now