Living in The In-Between
Ok Hi all... Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to check out my site and read this terrible excuse for a blog! Being the first ever blog I have written, it is bound to attract many a critique so bear with me as I get the hang of this beast. Sometimes I'll talk about making my handmade skin friendly, vegan Sparrow Soap, other times I'll just tell you what I am thinking about. I make no promises about how often this blog happens so please don't get upset if I have nothing to say next week.
This post is more about what I have been thinking about. I wanted to write about living in the in-between. About the journey, not just the destination. As 2016 came to a close and I finished up with the last market for the year, selling a record number of my soaps I felt awesome. If for no other reason other than I had survived being an introvert for another year and going to markets is particularly exhausting for us introverts and I was so completely looking forward to some down time. I was also already making plans, writing lists and thinking a lot (that's what introverts do, they think a whole bloody lot) about what I needed to do to prepare for 2017.
Then came the holiday period. Christmas, NYE and a fantastic time with friends and family. But there was this one thing that kept on popping up and I was hearing and seeing it everywhere... "that time between Christmas and NYE" that "I don't know what day it is or what I am doing" time. The "I'm lost between Christmas and NYE".
Lots of folk having a bit of joke or even a serious natter about how they didn't know what do with themselves after Christmas and before New Years. "That time between Christmas and New Years where you don't know what day it is, who you are or what you are supposed to be doing" I confess I too did not know what the day or date was and was feeling a little bit lost myself. This year my husband was away for Christmas and we had not yet made plans for New Years so it did feel a little weird.
Longing to finish work. Rushing off to Christmas. Flying into NYE. Manically preparing to go back to work. Got me thinking.... You see, I think life happens in the in-between. That time between the wedding and the honeymoon. Between the birthday and the anniversary. Between the dinner and the movie, between the Sunday and the next Saturday. Between the making of the soap and the selling of it. The In-Between.
We all rush from one event to the next, one great day to the next great day. We forget about the life that happens in the in-between. But what happens in that space between dates and events its what makes those dates and events so awesome. I have been reflecting on this for quite some time and I'd like to encourage everyone to remember the In-Between, where events and special occasions are looked forward to and remembered fondly and the rest of our lives happen and that those times are just as, if not even more, important than the next event. It's ok to enjoy life in the In-Between.