Finding Time

Let go and see what happens

This seems appropriate as I am about to take a step into the unknown. Who knows what will come of it, if anything? All I know is, I have nothing to lose.

I’ve recently returned from a week’s vacation in the Pacific Northwest and now it’s time to get back to work, at least to writing. The work that actually pays my bills will start in a couple of weeks too. So I was thinking about how we spend our time–the things we like to do when we don’t have to do something else.

My profession is music but I find I spend less and less leisure time on my own music and music making. Time to just play for fun, to practice too, and work on original pieces. And I love art, especially simple drawing, but inspiration for it is a whimsical creature that comes (usually at the most inappropriate moments) and goes (leaving regret in its wake). I am carving out time to take my oldest daughter on an art date this week. I’m taking her somewhere specific where we can sketch things that I think she’ll be interested in (I haven’t told her where) but even that has been postponed several times already.

I had every intention of drawing every day this summer, but it seems the more determined I am to stick to a plan, the harder it is to actually do anything. Is that just me? I wish I understood how it works! So for now I’m still concentrating on writing, getting the present project finished and trying something new and scary with it before returning to the newer project (also almost finished). And hopefully I’ll find time to just breathe and enjoy the creative spirit however and whenever it strikes me.

What are the things you enjoy doing when you have time? Do you find it easy to allocate the time to them or do you feel like you should be doing something else? If you have a method that works, how do you do it?

B B Shepherd is a musician, educator, and author and can also be found at Glistering: B’s Blog