England, Wednesday 20th March 2019, Day 46
I had such plans for this sabbatical, fantasising about BEING and DOING, balancing the two. The realisation that I am already half way through the planned 3 month break is brutal!
Now, as I knew I would, I have days without multiple to-do lists, without deadlines, without meetings, without travelling for work, without stress.
Days where I don’t sit at the computer for hours.
I have no responsibilities.
I lose track of which day of the week it is.
These things have come to pass.
I can breathe deeply.
I don’t want this to ever end.
And what of my plans to “DO” things during this break?
I have written so much about this break and what I wanted to do. I de ided it was time to stop and reflect on how it is going. Here goes:
- I have joined the local library and read exactly one book. Yup, just one of the 50 I plan to read this year! But pleased that I have joined as it is a service I have missed having access to over the years in Grahamstown.
- I have been walking around the woodland and lake near me at least 3 times a week. I’m loving the spring flowers: snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and the blossoms on the Hawthorne, cherry and apple trees. I have missed how the Northern Hemisphere celebrates the changing of the seasons.
- Thanks to the walking, without too much effort, my daily step count has almost quadrupled what it was last year.
- I have found a yoga class that I can join. But I haven’t gone to the class yet. My pathetic excuse is that I do not have a yoga mat! This week is the week I will start, mat or not!
- I am writing my Morning Pages everyday and this week, I took the big step to start revising and editing one of my two unfinished books.
- “The Art of Attention” – I am so excited! We booked this 5-day retreat and I will be going down to Devon at the end of March with my sister. I can’t wait – it sounds like a lot of fun, a mix of yoga, pottery and drawing classes.
- I have seen more movies (including Bohemian Rhapsody, which I think is one of the best movies I have seen in the last 5 years) in the last 7 weeks than the whole of last year.
But most of my time is spent having regular meetups for long chats and endless cups of tea with family I haven’t seen for years. I find that my social life is thriving and I have to make a concerted effort to carve out time to do the other things I want to do. Mind you I am not complaining, it is wonderful to have all my family so close and to know that when we part, we will see each other again soon!