Hello, makers and creators. I hope the last couple of weeks have gone by smoothly, and that you’ve been enjoying the glories of summer.
We are still in the thick of our move. I forget how much energy it takes to sift through over a decade of things. I often find myself at the end of the day feeling like I have fully tapped my reserves(!). With a large part of the work now done, however, I am taking my fatigue as a sign to slow down and enjoy some creative time.
Last May, I drew this little figure of reading happiness. As a life-long introvert, I rely pretty regularly on moments of solitary reading (and the pandemic has only deepened this tendency). In childhood, I remember enjoying books before I could actually ‘read’ — it was enough to turn the pages, look at the pictures, and tell myself a story about what I was seeing. And when I did learn to read, everything was fair game — even the black and white residential phonebook managed to capture my interest (all those alphabetized names!). I’m not usually one for typologies, but I am pretty far on the reading-introvert side of things.
During busy periods, though, reading can be the first thing to fall off my day-to-day activity. It takes energy and focus to read a physical book from cover to cover; it takes a steadiness of mind distributed over several reading sessions (unless you’re a speed reader!). Busy-ness makes my mind feel like a bag of squirrels. So, I need a reminder to slow down and make the time. This little scene has been providing me with that reminder. Everyone ought, I think, to have a (mush)room of one’s own to read, rest, and daydream under.
The other day, I realized that while the picture was done and inked, I hadn’t yet coloured it in. I cleared my worktable of all the lists, receipts, and stacks to sort, took my pencils out from the cardboard box I had packed them in, and enjoyed some scribble-time, discovering that colouring is a pretty good antidote to moving fatigue, and a fun way to come down after a busy day.
So, lesson learned: I’ll try to make time for art and reading even in the busy periods (they are perhaps even more needed then).
Until next time, happy Friday. Wishing you many joyful summer reading days. 📚 🌻