It feels like the perfect time to hunker down with a book a blanket and Netflix.
I'm tired. I've got a cough. The weather is cold (again). Dear family friends have suffered a terrible loss. And some clients and I have missed a work deadline that has left me feeling pretty grim.
Taking all of that into consideration I made time for myself this weekend. I charged up my camera battery, pulled on my boots, grabbed a coffee and went exploring.
I didn't go far. I drove, I walked and I climbed all within a couple of miles of my house. My trip started with a visit to lock 7 where the roar of the river over the spillway mixed with the call of red wing black birds and the splashing of robins at the shoreline. Next I visited an empty wooded lot in Schenectady. This spot has some real early-spring treasures—a field of blue scilla and sweet bloodroot blossoms gently cradled by their leaves. Later a trip to the hill by the GE R&D Center. And finally, after a long volunteer shift, a quiet walk in my own tiny yard.
I really do love to see the beauty around me. And I enjoy capturing the images it in my camera as I see them in my mind's eye. Making time to create like this without constraints is important for me as it is for most creatives. I've got to remember to do it more often.
As I hoped, I came out of the weekend feeling a bit better. I still have the cough. And I still have that project hanging around. But I also have some perspective. And that is something we all need.