Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Music

I have always enjoyed listening to music or at least having it playing in the background.

It is great to just have something in the background to blank out the nothingness of a quiet house. Or to drown out the sounds of city traffic. A familiar sound that wraps you into its warm embrace, evokes memories of the past or transports you to another time.

Recently I have had a music player as a companion most of my days. I don't necessarily listen to each note or lyric but it is there just waiting for me to pay attention again. Granted some of the playlists might even scare my children with their volume or orchestral content. I have several playlists that I have either created or found. They span the spectrum of genres and time.

Every now and again a lyric catches my attention. I am drawn to the time when I first heard it and what was happening in my small corner of the world. I will hear a phrase and am transported to a different time and place. A memory of my past.

I have had a tough few weeks and have had to respite of music-induced memories to help me through the worst of times.

Do you remember the song that was playing when you started high school? How about the song you first danced to? What about when you had your first kiss? The last song that played at your prom? When your spouse agreed to marry you? Was there a song on the radio when you found out you were going to have a family?

Without even trying I'll bet you heard a song or two in your mind when you read the above questions. I have always had music playing. It was a companion when I was alone or with a group of people. It filled the void that life sometimes creates. Not having it would be like losing a part of who I am.

Have you ever thought about the sounds that surround you daily, are they a part of you or just the noise of the world.

I have been transported to almost every part of my journey to becoming me in the past few weeks. It has been a wonderful trip filled with almost every emotion a person can feel but it has made me stronger and happier. Thank you to every artist that has ever created a lyric or keyed notes on a piano or strummed a tune on a guitar. You have been my companion and will continue to be for as long as I can hear.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

SC Day

Today is a great day. I don't have to work today. I don't have a care in the world today. I don't have to answer to anyone. It is a rare day.

So what do you do with a day without demands?  There is a new term I've been hearing - a day of self-care. I have wondered what my day would be like. Today will be my day to find out. Mainly cause I have no idea when a day like today will come again.

Going back to bed for a while after the dogs were out was my start. Going for a drive to nowhere. A strange thing - window shopping for myself. I usually shop for others or for things needed around the house. Did you know that there were stores filled with pretty things just for women? Jewelry stores filled with beautiful things just to wear for adornment that doesn't have to represent anything. I thought about maybe going to a hairdresser but there wasn't an appointment to be had LOL 

Lunch was treat time. Does chocolate cake count as a meal? It was fun to just have sweets without worrying about calories or someone else's judgment.  I might be too full for supper.

The afternoon will consist of laying around with a big bowl of popcorn and old movies. Sweatpants and an old, worn out t-shirt is the 'uniform' of the day.

Currently, the house is full of music, an eclectic mix of old rock, country and upbeat dance. Not sure anyone would want to listen to it but I am having fun dancing around.

Next time I will plan for my self-care day. Suggestions??