I recently read an article about why boredom can actually be good for you (there’s a rabbit hole there if you’re interested). It made me think about how often I’ve tried to make ‘productive’ every moment of my day. While there is no harm in being productive, there is most certainly harm in failing to let my mind have a break. Earlier this week, my husband kept the kids so I could get out of the house by myself for a bit. While I may seem like an extrovert, I’m probably the most extroverted introvert you will ever meet. I require, and yes I’m finally comfortable saying that, require alone time. It’s how I re-charge, clear my mind and cope with my anxiety. I found myself in a place where my ‘me’ time was still being innocently consumed by ‘tasks’ and ‘errands.’ You know–I’ll go wander Target turns into–what were we out of that I needed to pick up? Heading to the library to get a piece of fiction for myself quickly dissipates into ‘what else is on the reading list I can bring home to T?” or even worst for me ‘what was that one self improvement/efficiency/conquer it all book’ that I wanted to read? Needless to say, that night I was supposed to be enjoying me time, quickly diverged into task mod–but I caught myself. Half way through the evening, I abandoned my shopping card with a few miscellaneous grocery items, and walked out. I went and sat in my car—prayed, wondered through my brain, journaled and just sat there. I did not encounter some revolutionary moment, but when I came home and my husband asked how my time was, I replied…”horrible. I think I actually was bored.” He looked at me inquisitively, and I topped it off with “but maybe that was a good thing?” I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions, and if I did, I’d be failing miserably at them so far anyway. But I have decided to challenge myself to find time for the things that inspire me to be creative. To be bored and day dream. To make time to create, purely for the sake of creating. (Hence, the drastic change in TOTM Kids).
Sometimes I just need a reminder. I have been given gifts, and I am free to use them. Love this print from The Higgins Creative inspiring just that. They even have a little social media initiative that goes along with it, #WakeToMake. Check it out!