I read an interview the other day from Jim Sturgess. He made a comment about the fact that he is the type of guy who can go to a theater, watch a movie, and leave thinking “I could do that. I could live like that.” That is me! I can so relate.
If I posted every idea I came up with, every talent I hope to master, or every hobby I wanted to take up it would be a revolving door of ideas. However, if given a little time I could probably know at least enough about each endeavor to be dangerous. I love to learn, and I love to read. I’m convinced I can teach myself enough to get me started into almost anything.
This earned me the title of “flaky” by my husband. I change ideas, hopes, and dreams continuously and increasingly drive him nuts with my new ideas. When I start a phrase with, “I was reading today about….” He starts to get nervous about what’s coming next.
I read an article about someone moving to the Alaskan wilderness…I could do that. I read an article about someone who lives entirely on traditional foods…I could do that. Someone how homesteads and is self-sufficient….I could do that. I read about someone who lives in a camper and is a real life “gypsy”…I could so do that!
So this is what my very patient and very open-minded husband gets to hear over dinner. All the while I’m just waiting to strike a chord with him and have him say, “I could do that too.” Although I have never really gotten the enthusiasm I’ve been hoping for out of him, he has agreed with some of my ideas and goals for us together. I take what I can get, compromise on some of it, and throw the rest in a drawer to surface again at a later date.
I think being an avid reader is a huge contributor to this. I don’t really read novels, I sort of feel like it is a waste of time. I like to read books I can learn from. I like non-fiction! I like anything on living off the land, spirituality, natural health, traditional nutrition, lost skills (candle making, soap making, open-fire cooking, etc.). I have time to read because I can read on my breaks at work and over my lunch breaks. I don’t, however, have time to do most of things I read about. I figure if I read and educate myself now, eventually I will have the time to actually do them and be all studied up on it.
I don’t know if we’ll ever get to move to the Alaskan wilderness, eat an entirely traditional/primitive diet, have a self-sufficient homestead, or live in a camper and travel the country. I do know it is fun to dream, imagine, and think about all the things we could do in our lifetime. If that makes me “flaky” then so be it. I’ve been called worse I suppose. I just hope life doesn’t pass me by, and when I’m old and gray I can look back at my life and know I lived it to the fullest.
Two quotes I came across this week:
“I am determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
~Martha Washington (1732-1802)
“Borrow from cultures old and new and with our imaginations blend those borrowings to create new ways to live that are simpler, gentler, more generous, and beautiful.”
~William Coperthwaite, A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity
Have a great day!