It’s Wednesday, and Jamie is back at Jamie Ridler Studios with Wishcasting Wednesday. I’ve missed her, and I hope that her mother is feeling better!
Today’s prompt is
How Do You Wish to Spend Your Days?
As I was scribbling through my morning pages this morning, I was thinking about this. In some ways it’s so easy to answer this question: I wish to spend my days engaged in meaningful, purposeful work that makes a difference in the lives of those around me, collaborating with passionate, knowledgeable colleagues. I think that’s what was such an incredible draw for teaching. I knew that I was making a difference. I knew that believing in children, helping them believe in themselves and their abilities made a huge difference in the direction their lives could take. Things got dicey for me, though, when it came to the colleagues. Too many people, weighed down by the bureaucracy of teaching…and the terrible things that some of those people said about kids. I couldn’t take that any more. Because the negativity began to affect me and change who I was. If I could do teaching the way I want to do teaching…or if I could hand-pick the teachers I wanted to teach with…I’d be happy to spend the rest of my life in a classroom.
Beyond that, I want to spend my days creating…writing, photographing, growing things. I want a life that is rich in soulful expression and color.
…and I want to spend my days surrounded by friends. I was reading an article the other day about entertaining and throwing dinner parties. I want my evenings to be spent doing more of those things.
It also wouldn’t be too much to ask to have my days spent filled with love — time with my sweet husband, growing together, learning together, laughing together, creating roots together.
If I could put it together, a perfect day would be:
- A wake-up that turned into a morning walk along the beach (I’m so blessed to live along this Mississippi Gulf Coast)
- Some coffee that gets consumed while I’m getting my morning pages done
- Breakfast at the table with my sweet husband
- Some teaching
- Lunch with a friend. Perhaps under the fans on my front porch.
- An afternoon of writing or photography
- A walk with the sweet husband and the doggies
- Dinner with with friends
- Resting and in bed at a reasonable time
Somewhere in there the teaching, the writing, the photography would pay the bills, and my days would roll out like that endlessly.
I don’t think it’s too much: meaningful, engaging work, augmented by creative pursuits that are supported by my love and friends.
How do you wish to spend your days? What does a perfect day look like to you?