After an impromptu sushi dinner last night, the boyfriend reluctantly brought me to a nearby mall. I wanted to just walk around, help my body digest the food we just ate. We walked aimlessly until he said he wanted to go to Game Stop. We walked upstairs and went in to browse at new game titles. Needless to say, we left without buying, like most Game Stop visits. We continued our way and passed a quaint, new board game store, or so I thought, called Marbles. I pulled the boy in and started looking around. The games were nothing like we’ve seen before. Wooden strategy games, brain puzzles, thought-provoking books—basically a store to feed your brain. I was entranced, and oddly, the boy was too. We spent nearly 20 minutes in the store, reading the books, testing the games. We fell in love with a board game and spent $35 on it…very out of character for us.
Besides the board game, I also bought a fantastic book. When I was in the store, I browsed through it a little and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to leave the store without buying it. It’s a book titled “The Book of Doing” and has a bunch of creative activities to spark your imagination and bring joy. But little did I know that it’s much more than that. I began reading it today…although for a book, there’s not much reading involved. It’s exactly what it is: a book of doing. The first several pages explains why the author, Allison Arden, wrote or rather made the book. And the rest of the pages involve everyday activities that are meant to make you see doing them differently.
After this roller coaster of a year, from the terrible car accident that my bf was involved in to losing both my jobs (first laid off, second from lack of luck and judgement) and everything else in between, it’s been one helluva ride. It’s taken so much of me to convince myself that everything’s going to be alright…that this was meant to be and greater things will come. It’s never that easy, but after sitting and convincing myself for so long, this book has reminded me that it’s time to get up and do. Nothing good is ever going to come out of me sitting on my couch. I need to get up and start doing things, even small, everyday projects that I used to enjoy but never had time to do—painting, drawing, writing poetry, scrapbooking. The only thing that I’ve been doing these past weeks that are remotely close is cooking and blogging about it, but that’s not the same as doing something for myself.
As of today, I vow to live up to my expectations. I will do great things that make me happy. Time is valuable and I will make my time worth it. I will dedicate time to myself to do things that I enjoy. I will pick up old hobbies that I have put aside over the years due to “growing up.” And last, but not least, in the spirit of the book, I will do one activity each day without picking and choosing.
Thank you, Allison Arden, for helping me remember that there’s more to life.