I got up at 4:30am last Saturday to bring Nick to a bike ride of epic proportions. (He does that on the regular.)
Maybe "got up" isn't the best way to describe what happened. This is more accurate: I opened my eyes for a second at 4:15am, then rolled over for a while more, repeat X3 then I actually rose out of bed at 4:30. Sound like you? Why is it so hard? (Actually, this question is very answerable... go watch this weeks Q&A Tuesday with Marie Forleo where she interviews Arianna Huffington about her new book on sleep.
Anyway, I finally got up and got ready (put the most comfy clothes on possible and got a bottle of water.) We drove, made it to the starting line of the Triple Bypass Ride, he rode off, I drove home.
(That part took about an hour? I'm guessing.)
Then, I stupidly took a sudo nap for about 2 hours. I say 'sudo' because it didn't feel refreshing or like it really helped. But I was too tired not to!
Before going back up to the finish line of the race, which was a two hour and ten minute ride, I added three episodes of Krista Tippett's podcast to my precious phone storage. #WORTHIT. This move not only made the traffic bearable, but it made me so happy.
I love Elizabeth Gilbert to begin with, but she just hits it out of the park every time in my opinion. Some people don't jive with her message, but again, in my opinion, I think they miss the point, or don't have the right "ears" yet to really hear what she is saying. The dynamic between Krista and Liz is fantastic. (First name basis, NBD.) I listened to both the unedited version and the edited version. (I know, I may be beyond normal. #obsessed.)
To give you an idea without going too much into it, I made a list of my favorite quotes from the show, but you need to listen! It is everything everyone needs to hear. Maybe that is pushing it a little too far. I think that the growth and the bravery of Liz is something we should all strive for. It made me feel so great about playing ukulele, and being silly, and making stuff just to make stuff... and pursuing my creativity with the curiosity of a bear sniffing through the forest for berries. They will find those berries, but if they don't, they don't get all mad about it, they just keep sniffing, curious for what else they may find.
One day, the hope is to stumble upon the RED RIPE STRAWBERRY (Now that is a throwback right there! Love the illustrations and story in that book! Do you know the book? Little mouse, protecting his big red ripe strawberry?) But not every morsel you sniff out will be the biggest best red ripe strawberry.
Let your most radiant self shine!
And go listen to this podcast.
"We are the making ape."
"Just because something is mystical doesn't mean it shouldn't also be demystified. Maybe it's those things that need to be demystified the most, in order to lay claim to them, and to not keep thinking of them in that way that means they only belong to a very special class of people. The more mystical and precious that we make spirituality and creativity both, the more people get left out of it. This is a tragedy. It should be all invited, otherwise what are we even doing here?"
"Creativity is innate - and I think the evidence that it's innate is pretty airtight."
"We are descended from tens of thousands of makers."
"Ah, curiosity, our friend. I think curiosity is our friend who teaches us how to become ourselves. Curiosity is a forgiving friend, and a very gentle friend and a very constant one. Passion is not so constant, not so gentle, not so forgiving and sometimes not so available, and so when we live in a world that has come to fetishize passion above all, there is a great deal of pressure around that. And I think if you don't happen to have a passion, or if you're not certain, and someone says, "well it's easy to solve your problems, just follow your passion," they have harmed you because it makes people feel excluded, exiled and like a failure."
'THE VIRTUE OF INQUISITIVENESS'
"I feel like everything we want is on the other side of this dark river of self hatred, that is so prevalent in our society and our culture."
"The best definition of depression is 'anger turned inward.'"
"Here is one of the grand misconceptions about creativity: when people dream of quitting their boring job so they can have a creative life, one of the risks of great disappointment or of realization is: Oh, this is also a boring job too! Everything that is interesting is 90% boring. 90% of the work is quite tedious, and if you can stick through those parts, and stay with it to the moment of transformation, and through to the other side, then very interesting things will start to happen."
"Trust is a big piece of it. Motion is a big piece of it. I've learned to give myself all the credit in the world simply for being in motion. Did you do something today, toward this thing? Yes. Then you're good. Was it great? No. Was it fun? No. But did you keep the ball rolling? Did you take another step on the path?
Then you're good."
I hope you enjoyed this list!
If you didn't listen, go on over and check it out when you're getting ready in the morning or driving somewhere (preferably not at 4:30am like I did - do you know how much that messes with your sleep schedule?!? Oi!).
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