Ah, Feelin’ Free….

This has been a four day weekend for us in the Welsh household.  You see, not one, but two teacher workdays have crossed our paths this week.  It also coincides with me being a single mom as my man has been traveling for business.

So, me and the boys have just been laying low and just kinda enjoying not having too full of a calendar.  And it feels pretty damn good.  Normally there’s usually something a brewing.  But, it felt awfully good not to have anything at all on the calendar for Saturday. I kept telling myself I should really take us out somewhere to a park or do something to change it up a little.  But you know what?  I was just not feeling it.  That’s not to say that we’ve been barricaded inside the house all four days, but we’ve definitely been on the down low.

We managed to interlope on a friend’s bonfire.  Very nice.  Fits well with the laid back vibe I’ve been finding myself in.  Also managed to experience actual daylight yesterday heading to watch my son’s basketball game, then off to dinner and a movie–saw Red Tails (which I really enjoyed, by the way…loved how much grit those men had and catching a glimpse of the difference that they made in the world).

But, you know, I kind of like the magic that happens to kids sometimes when you just leave them alone.  Sometimes they have no other choice but to let their imagination

Believe it or not, that black lump on top is my son, basking in the sun on the floor of his fort.

speak to them and transport them to another place.  I was just heading out to ask if they wanted to head to the park and I saw how much they were getting into building a fort outside. I said to myself, shoot, it can’t get any better than that. I didn’t even let them know I was standing there, and went back to my hole on the sofa to dive back into my computer again. I took advantage of the time to head back into my own little world of creating and writing.  Who am I to uproot creativity in process, especially when I see it in my little guys?

This week especially,  because as I’ve mentioned, I’m taking an online class which is prodding and pulling me to dig deep into the old soul and pull out the stuff in you that shines. If you extricate from the deep depths that which is near and dear to yourself, then that’s where true magic happens and other people will more than likely notice that too.  How cool to see creativity in its purest form in my kids just when I’m looking for some signs of where to dig in myself.  I think that might have been a sign from the great big beyond that screams out:  HAVE FUN!  BE PLAYFUL! DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE RULES, BECAUSE YOU’RE MAKIN’ ‘EM! DO WHAT FEELS GOOD AND TRUE!

I truly believe that if we don’t figure out how to foster our own creativity, then life can get pretty boring.  Sure, you can try to cover up the old hum drum stuff in a whirlwind of busyness and over scheduling, but I’m guessing that won’t help you feel very alive.

Nothing makes you feel alive like the wind in your hair...

You’ll just feel like are going through the motions.  Each of us has our own special gifts, and when you truly work at finding them, everything else just gets easier, because you are happy.  And when you are happy, that’s half the battle in this ride of life.

I think that even simple, every day things can stoke your creative juices.  Just making a great meal can be enough to make my day.  Or something as queer as wearing a pretty outfit and a new hairdo.  Feeling the wind in your hair. The funny thing about such simple things is that they tend to overflow into just about everything that you do.

So stir up some stuff.  Change the scenery. Walk out on that limb. Unearth an adventure. I’m pretty sure that you’ll like what you see and want squoosh it on into your day, no matter what. Because it just feels right.



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8 Responses to Ah, Feelin’ Free….

  1. Amy Kelsch says:

    Hi Barb:
    So cool to come across your blog on BBTL. You write very well! I will keep coming back! 🙂

  2. I needed this reminder today. Thank you!

  3. feelin’ freer now that I’ve dropped by…..love it.
    Brought back sweet memories of that delicious feeling
    when the kids would get lost in their play
    in a bright and happy way.
    I loved that peaceful-rest-easy feeling:)

    • Barb Welsh says:

      Thanks Jennifer. I love watching my kids when they get into as well. My one son in particular can built a fort of anything–pillows, cardboard boxes, chairs, blankets. And you never know what it might be depending on the day: spaceship, speedboat, jet fighter…that’s the kind of thing ya never want to lose completely.

  4. Naomi says:

    Barb, this helps me so much! I have a three-year-old and sometimes I dread the feeling of a whole day in front of us without plans. But, as you write here, those are often the best days. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

    • Barb Welsh says:

      I’m so glad. I love the way life just shows you stuff sometimes, and I have to agree, sometimes the best laid plans are best left unmet 🙂

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