First of all I hope you are all safe and well, and that you are reading this from the comfort of your own home.
What bizarre times we are in, I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all - as I'm sure you are too. I know there are going to be some really bad days and some bright days. I'm taking each one as it comes.
Something that recently caught my attention was Stephen Fry talking on the news (which I'm now limiting) about the concept of time and redefining it.
I think back to only a week or two ago where I was saying:
"I just don't have enough time"
"I can't focus on Doodling Lucy when I'm still at work 4 days a week"
"There is just not enough hours in the day"
"I don't know how people do ... I don't have enough time to do that"
And here I am with PLENTY of time on my hands, and I'm not sure I want it. Careful what you wish for eh?
But this is a once in a lifetime chance. This is something which (I pray) will only happen once in our lifetimes. How are we going to use this extra time we've been made to have?
Is it going to be panicking? Worrying? Being angry at the world? Is it going to be sat watching Netflix for hours on end? (Okay that's allowed)
Or is it going to be redefining our time and taking time over the things we previously rushed over?
There are so many things we can now improve on, take our time over. Our pace of life has slowed, and this is not necessarily a bad thing. Here are a few examples:
- Those amazing instagram-able worthy breakfasts which you never had the time to make because you were too busy getting ready and running out of the door toast and jam in hand? Now's the time to try them out, make the banana pancakes, finally perfect the poached egg - you'll miss this extra time when you're back to scoffing cornflakes before running for the bus!
I challenge you to make a better brunch than this one I had in Melbourne
- Read. The. Book. We all have one (or in my case multiple). The book we've been meaning to read for ages, the one your friend lent you but has since sat on your bedside table collecting dust. Too many of us only read whilst on holiday because we have the time to. Reading is an amazing way to escape reality and gives you time away from all that's going on. My Mum has always said you're never alone with a good book because you're there with the characters and their life.
- Reconnect with people you don't have the time to see. Now is the perfect time to reach out to that friend you miss but never have the opportunity to catch up with. I have friends from travelling, uni and college who I don't have the time to go and visit and our timetables are so conflicting it's hard to ever get a time to facetime.
- Learn the skill, whether its how to french plait, or play the piano. There are so many things we all think "I wish I could do that" now is your time. What could you learn? This is such a prime opportunity to learn something quirky, and let your friends and family know your progress!
- Write letters, it's never been more important to check in with friends and family (especially Grandparents!). Sit down and take the time to write a card or letter, I can guarantee it will brighten someones day!
Let someone know you care with this card - In my shop now!
I could go on but we would be here for ages and I don't want to waste your time ;).
The important thing is to remember time continues to pass, as it always has, its the same minutes and same hours. They now have a different meaning and it's up to YOU to re-define that time.
What will you do? Let me know!
Now i'm off to learn the splits...
Lots of love