It’s really hard sometimes to stay in the here and now, all the good stuff seems to be about to happen.
Next weekend is Easter and the four day Bank Holiday weekend, I’m having a haircut, celebrating Laura’s birthday with her and the rest of the family.
In April, Jo and Ms T are over from Nigeria, so I get a day to catch up with them. There’s theatre that’s been booked for so long, I almost forgot about it, a living room to be painted, some time to catch up with Christelle and Mike.
At the end of April, Ma and I are going to Northumberland via Middleham, to chill out at Amble and hopefully do some walking.
In May there are two more Bank Holidays and hopefully a bit more spring and/summer. Another theatre trip, training to run a 5km at the beginning of June.
June and July are, apart from the 5km, pretty unplanned but there are birthdays and summer and maybe the Grace weekend away and Ma retires.
In August, there are birthday celebrations (mine!) and a week off and maybe Greenbelt.
Then in September, another holiday, this time to Washington DC to see Matt and John and wonder around a city I’ve never been to and take photos and who knows what else.
All of the good stuff seems to be around the next corner. When I feel better from the bronchitis, when I’ve sorted the flat, when I have time to run, when the clocks go back, when it’s warmer, when it’s lighter, when I have the money.
That could be depressing and over the last couple of weeks, life has felt like a trudge, something to get over and through. This time last year, I had turned the heating off and tights were optional not necessary, right now, it’s freezing cold and an awful lot of the country is covered in snow. It does feel that winter might never end.
This is the point that I’m supposed to make a shattering observation, something along the lines of “the best time to raise your game is when you’re feeling down”. While that’s true, I’m not going to do that. I’m not feeling miserable about waiting, experience tells me that life will get really busy soon enough and I should enjoy this quiet. I know that my daily life as it is now, is going to help when all that good stuff happens.
Yes, right now life is a little mundane, but the simple boring things, like getting up to date with the washing, ironing and housework are going to help when a busy weekend comes (and they will come!), being responsible with the money I have now, means that I’ll have more to spend when I’m away or throwing the ‘oh-no 4-0’ birthday party.
So rather than be frustrated and cross about what hasn’t happened yet, I’m going to carry on with my daily life and use the Quote of the Day at the tube station last week as my motto, at least until the sun comes out!
Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.