Gypsy Mama Lisa Jo Baker wrote a post back in May on the topic of "Real." It was her Five Minute Friday that particular day, and a link I happened upon while skipping around. Thought I'd springboard from that topic.
The idea is to write for five minutes straight without editing, overthinking, worrying about mistakes. Just write. Not to impress, or for blog hits or comments, she says, but just to write.
I love to set goals, make lists, think and plan to accomplish so many things. But to be real honest, I am not nearly so good at achieving my goals. I used to be. Used to have crazy wild energy and motivation. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be one of those people who just does things because they have to be done, and that's motivation enough.
Yes, of course, that's me much of the time...doing laundry because someone is wearing the last pair of underwear which he says he turned inside out today because he wore it yesterday. Just to make me scream, or laugh, not because he's for real. I cook, clean, run errands, take care of the dogs, fill the gas tank, because those things need to be done. Sometimes I like it , sometimes I don't.
But you want to know my real reward for doing things? Getting to do something fun or enjoyable. Last week I sat on the sideline of the basketball practice with legal pad and pen. Made 3 pages of lists of things to be done around here.
Then I thought most of those aren't very fun.
So I 'm gonna make me another list of things are fun for me. Real fun. Or at least relaxing or rewarding.
Today my first reward is to pick up mystery photos. These were one-time use cameras from who knows when. Maybe 7, 8. 10 years ago? Seeing them will be motivation for all the floor mopping I've done lately as a result of having an old dog with a bladder the size of a roll of film. For real.