In my non-scientific, entirely non-researched opinion, we come out of these periods by choice. We choose to focus on others. We choose to get off our asses. We choose to stay busy. We choose to see the good. We choose to make decisions, rather than wallow in indecisiveness. We choose to give our minds a rest. We choose to make time for new things.
People sometimes ask me why I always want to be in the middle of some project. The answer lies in the reflection above. I think sadness is oftentimes just a product of being bored. If I allow myself to just sit down and do nothing, I think too much, I feel sorry for myself, and I worry about things that may never happen. Sure, my approach probably exemplifies a whole different level of emotional immaturity or instability, but I choose it over the alternative.
As such, I like piddle projects. I get up before dawn and bake or paint or read. I cook for myself and try to create a pretty plate. I write letters to, or make things for, friends. I clean anything I can think to clean. I write blog posts. I planned themed parties for no particular reason.
I keep myself sane by keeping myself busy.
My wonderful brother-in-law posted this on my Facebook page a few days ago (and I think many are spot-on). I thought I would do my own "18 Things Everyone Should Start Making Time For" list in the next blog post. I encourage you to send me the things you think should be included.
Some recent projects....
Jewelry party and brunch at Silver Chest Creations (This was so much fun. If you'd like more information about SCC, see this earlier blog post. If you're interested in planning your own party, just let owner, Melissa Anderson, know).