This week has been about finding moments for myself amidst the chaos, a challenge that has been made easier by the explosion of life and color down here in Florida. Spring foliage is coming out in earnest now, and to me spring has always been synonymous with renewal and recharging. The extra hour of sunlight in the evening is helping me feel like I have more time in my day and less rushed even though my schedule has remained unchanged – I’ve never been a morning person.
There have been several pictures snapped this past week in between fence upkeep, marker maping, grocery runs, and trips to the barn to get on the WiFi. The fire picture at the bottom is older, from Julie’s visit a month ago. The rest are all recent. I believe that snake is a rat snake, if I heard my coworker right. And that seashell is right where I found it, sitting sun bleached and whole in the middle of a woods.
As for the flowers, the top one is lupin (or maybe lupine?). The yellow one I’m not sure of, it’s a vine that seems to grow abundantly down here, I saw it blooming in southern Georgia too on my drive up to rehearsal last weekend, it’s possible it goes farther north than that but without the flowers it doesn’t stand out.
My writing time tonight is limited. Tonight I’m going to get my Fernley application in if it’s the last thing I do. But first, a word on energy and creative endeavors, because I wonder if other people who do creative writing, photography, art work, and the like have noticed the trend that I’ve been noticing.
I didn’t regularly do a lot of creating before I started IO. I mean I’d write and draw on occasion, but it wasn’t a regular part of my life. But since I’ve started writing regularly, I’ve noticed that my blog posts have and ebb and flow to them. I’ll have a month with a lot of how-to and thought provoking posts that take a lot of mental effort and inspiration to create, and then I’ll have periods where I write blog posts more like today’s that are light and don’t require much energy to create.
Right now I’m feeling a stronger need to spend what free time I do have on things just for myself, which in our culture is seen as a very selfish thing to do. The way I look at it though, you can only give what you have. In endeavors such as blogging that means the creative energy that gets poured into writing needs to come from somewhere, and for me that means doing things expressly that make me happy, even if they serve no higher purpose. Reading, catching up on TV shows, taking pictures of pretty flowers, quiet time with close friends, enjoying the changing view from my RV windows, and things like that are all ways that I replenish that creative energy I use to write with.
Rest assured though, that the pendulum will soon swing the other way and my “cup” so to speak will be full and then it’ll be time to spend that energy I’ve collected writing those helpful inspiring posts again. How about it fellow creatives, have you noticed a phenomenon like this?