Ready for an Onion Date
How to stay creative?
There are so many answers.
I like Julia Cameron's idea. The Artist's Date.
Yet my life doesn't easily accommodate such goings-on. I have two girls who I home-educate. I take care of my house (okay, I try :) — mowing, clipping, cleaning. I work as a writer and manager.
When would I possibly plan a date? It's hard.
Thus, my boy-scouts (girl scouts?) approach: always be prepared. There are dates lurking around unexpected corners, if only we are ready for them.
On Saturday, for instance, I ended up needing to take my daughter to a friend's house, far away. Spur-of-the-moment sleepover invitation. I had meant to spend the morning writing, but suddenly...
I saw my chance.
Camera, notebook, Luci Shaw. Into the bag. Water bottle, tissues, and banana muffin (in case I needed a survival kit)— also into the bag. And Lady Gaga, of all people: into the bag. Her music inspires me, despite that her risque lyrics, triangle hair and dresses are... what shall we say... creative.
Gaga in the speakers, the hours before me, I made a date with the day. I stopped on the side of the road to capture a little cottage.
I found a barn full of antiques and... corn, squash, onions, tomatoes.
As part of my survival plan, I stopped at a park that has a bathroom with running water and a brass lock on the door. Along the way to tile floors and paper towels, I found pinecones new-minted, red leaves flaming against blue skies, and bare-faced wildflowers that Lady Gaga could never rival with plastic or pop. On the way home, I did, however, turn up the music and dream.
The creative life doesn't hand itself to us. We hand ourselves to it. One creative date at a time.
Wordle by Sonia. Used with permission.