I’m so darned excited about killin’ chickens today that I can’t concentrate on any real work.
Did I just say that?
I really did.
Okay, let me ‘correct’…killin’ chickens is real work. But in my situation it is an adventure, therefore, almost ‘fun’ in a sense, and certainly not work.
Y’know, I think that my current version of work is rather warped…
Not just that, but in most cases, I find work to be…well…fun.
Yesterday as I moved about the kitchen, prepping, cleaning, clearing and coordinating the thought struck me – If someone had told me ten years ago that I would be cooking for twenty plus people, and then teaching a class on how to raise herbs and cook with them, I would have suggested they were high on crack. Me? Cook for twenty? ME? Teach a class on herb gardening?
And as the years slide by and I learn and evolve and pursue these many interests with such joy and excitement, the knowledge of where I came from and how far I have come is always there in my mind. I still have this quote stuck to my monitor…
I went into the woods to live deliberately. To front the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what they had to teach. And not, when I came to die, discover I had never lived. – Henry David Thoreau
And while my bucket list is by no means complete, I can safely say I’m well on my way.
There is so much living I want to do. Learning how to kill and dress chickens is just one of them. I want to:
- Learn how to draw better
- Travel the world, go to Pompeii, stay a week in an honest-to-god castle
- Go skydiving, just once.
- Go on a float trip with Danielle down the Grand Canyon
- Not just self-publish, but SELL my books (whether through a publisher or by going viral)
- Become fluent in a second and possibly third language (but I’ll happily settle for “able to find the bathroom” in Spanish)
- Finish my crafts projects
- Teach and inspire thousands more
I’m 41 years old, and I have a full lifetime of learning and growing ahead of me. I’d best get cracking!