Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I've been thinking about conducting a little experiment.  I have this version of my perfect life in my head, but it's a cloudy and vague version.  That could be because I have many versions of the perfect life, a lot of ways I could be content, or it could be because I've never really solidified my vision.  I wonder what it would be like to live an ordinary day in my perfect life. 

I wonder if I could wake up tomorrow and go about my daily routine (which is currently non-existent) as if I were living my perfect life.  I already know one thing that would make it difficult for me to do.  In my perfect life I sleep well, and I definitely get out of bed earlier that 1:00 pm, which is the time I got up today.  Still, maybe if I make a plan and then try it out for a day I could see if I would even enjoy living this perfect life I think I want.

An ordinary day in my perfect life:
  • 7:00 am - Get up, wash my face, moisturize, get dressed, etc.
  • 7:15 am - Do Yoga Sun Salutations (outside if the weather is as gorgeous as it is right now)
  • 8:00 am - Coffee on the deck (again, weather permitting...trying to break the sit-in-front-of-the-computer-upon-waking habit)
  • 8:20 am - Make a  breakfast smoothie
  • 8:30 am - Putter in my garden (I actually do have some neglected gardening to do and the weather is perfect right now.)
  • 9:30 am - Work on my current novel (In my perfect life, I would already have a published novel or two out there in the world.  In fact, I do have a couple in the works that I'd love to finish.)
Around noon I would make a yummy lunch and sit down with my kids or maybe I would meet my mom for lunch somewhere.  I'd start dinner in the afternoon, make time to tidy up the house, have dinner with my family in the evening.  Later in the evening the kids would be off with their friends, doing their own thing and my husband and I might sit down together, watch a movie or maybe we'd have a few friends over to play Texas Hold 'Em or Rock Band.

I have other versions of this that include working in my glass studio...rehearsing with my band,sitting on the deck and writing a new song on my guitar or heading off to play rehearsal where I have the female lead.   Those are dreams I gave up on already, though, but I can still tinker with my glass and play my guitar for fun anytime I like. I could audition for a part in a play at the community theater downtown. 

What a lovely life I could have if I just let myself do it.    I think tomorrow I'll get up and at least try out that morning routine up there.  My body may have different plans at 7:00 in the morning, but it would be fun to give it a try, and I do have some gardening to do...


  1. This is great. I love all the posts you've made here! It's very inspiring. Depression and anxiety are rough. I know because I also suffer from them. I'm honestly really impressed by this.

    I know that on my best days I feel more focused and lighter about life and I'll do chores and/or cook and clean (which I do on most days), but not feel badly about it. I think it's when I start feeling down about myself that I really sink into a period of depression and inactivity. Activity definitely begets more activity! That is something I try to remind myself on a daily basis.

    I'm rooting for you--hope you have a wonderful week. Your menus sound excellent.


  2. Aw, thanks! Yeah, a day that starts well seems to gather momentum and I can really accomplish a lot. Same goes for a day where I wake up late and sit in front of the computer first thing.