The Thing Above All Things

In life we all have stuff we love. I’m not talking about our family, obviously (!) we love those. I’m talking about the thing that makes us get up in the morning, that keeps us up late at night, the thing we can’t wait for Monday, or Friday, or whenever, for. The thing above all things, the one thing to rule them all. What is that thing in your life?

Some people love their garden, or their dog, or they like to whittle driftwood into an elaborate recreation of Queen Victoria’s coronation. Some people paint. I do not. I can draw sunglasses. I can draw flower doodles. I can draw little row boats on a wave. That’s all I can draw. I can’t paint. I like to sew but I’m not very good at it, and I can usually buy something better far more cheaply than I can make it. I like to garden, but I get bored after a while, and I feel a reluctance to uproot weeds, as they’re flowers too, right? I like bird-watching, but go into a daydream and forget to actually watch the birds. I like to meditate, but I fall asleep in the middle and wake up with a stiff neck. I like to bake, but can’t be bothered following a recipe, and anyway recipes are just a suggestion, aren’t they, just one of a number of ways you could create a cake? So I write.

What is your one thing? What is your be-all and end-all?

In life we sometimes think, if I were twenty years younger I’d have a go at that. I say, why not now? Why is discovery and experimentation only for the young? How many years might you have ahead of you? Do you want to waste the next twenty thinking, wow I could have done that or learned that or gone there by now. Even if you only have days, weeks, months of life left ahead of you, do you really want to spend that time looking over your shoulder at what you missed?

Do it now. That one thing above all other things. Why not?

***

4 thoughts on “The Thing Above All Things

  1. Fabulous post, Caron, and so true. I think a lot of people feel that once you reach a certain age you can’t be a beginner, almost as if everything you are going to learn has to be done within the first, say, twenty years or it’s too late. But even the smallest amount of time spent each day learning or practicing a particular skill over the years can move you from being a beginner to competent or eventually an expert if that is where you want to take it. It’s not age that counts, it’s passion.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.