Thanks for popping in.
Wednesday’s blog, Mindful Wednesday, when we look at our crafty lives, don’t we? Do you think about the past much? I don’t really. Probably because the present is so full, I haven’t got time to spend reminiscing. And whilst I don’t regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it, there were some dark times which I am glad are just that – IN THE PAST. After all, the whole point of this mindful process, which we pursue through craft, meditation, focussed breathing and the like, is geared towards keeping us in the NOW.
Nonetheless, if Life is a journey, then it is surely interesting to look on the timeline and see how far we have come. Instead of going to situations, I sometimes pluck a year to visit, or an age.
For example, where was I 40 years ago? I’d have been 19 and living in Manchester, in my second year at Uni. In fact, NO. If I was in my second year at the language faculty, I would have been doing my year abroad. So I was at Salamanca University in Spain. Lots of dancing and Sangria that summer then! And suddenly, all the memories of that phase come flooding back – good and bad. And with the memories come the emotions – positive and negative. In truth, I could write a book about being a young blonde English student in post-franco Spain, about the hooker we ended up living with, about the fascist group, the Fuerza Nueva who terrorised and murdered local communists – oh you wouldn’t BELIEVE the truth. But you see, instead of writing a blog in 2018, and being the 59 year old woman that I actually am, I am catapulted back to the girl who got herself into all sorts of pickles and scrapes. I’m lucky to be alive actually. But that was then, and this is now. So whilst I may glance over my shoulder periodically, better to invest my hours and mind in today, don’t you agree?
One day, when I am retired, and I have time to write, then maybe I will dig deep and write those books inside me. But for today, I prefer to settle for a little bloggy chat to you – one day at a time.
Love & Hugs,