Throw yourself a curve ball

Far more often than not, our minds are set on the future..

What will I be doing next week? Where can I go on the weekend? I wish the next  few weeks would hurry up so I can finally be on holidays… and it goes on and on and on.

Plans are great, do not get me wrong, forward thinking is a wonderful thing, as wonderful as holidays and dreams and aspirations… however, what is not so wonderful, is to be wishing the present away for these things.

I think we sometimes need to pull the reins back a bit, to slow down to a pleasant trot, instead of galloping full speed through to the next ‘plan’.

I, myself have been making it my daily mission to try and throw myself a curve ball. To slam myself out of my robotic – up, shower, ready, work, home, cook, study, read, sleep routine and by a curve ball, I don’t mean anything dramatic. I just mean I try and steer myself out of normal programming for a while. I go for a walk, I make some jewellery, I take my camera outside, I pick up a different book, I call an old friend. It feels like a re charge and a step away from ‘the plan’ and to slide away from the mundane and actually ENJOY my day.

To be able to lay my head down on my pillow at night with a smile of gratitude, to myself, to the universe, that I have been granted the opportunity to ride through another day. That is what I want.

I feel like the reason we dream away our days and long for the weekend, or the holiday or something else, something more, is because we are all so stuck in our day to day… We don’t mix it up enough; we don’t throw ourselves enough ‘curve balls’. We are too busy dreaming of the future instead of focusing on the here and now, what we have in front of us at this very moment.

Of course sometimes, if it’s a really strenuous day in the office, I find myself creeping towards the thoughts of “HURRY UP TIME, MOVE FASTER”.. but quicker than before, I will pull those reins back. I will give myself a time out, I will read an inspiring blog post, I will hit YouTube for a favourite song, I will go for a quick walk and take some massive deep breaths.. anything to just flick that mindset back and make myself grateful for that moment, for the day.

The reality is, we are all dying, every.single.day, and I know those are some really stone cold hard words to read… but these are the words that stick with me and drive me and push me to try my hardest to be absolutely present every day, and to try and make positive use of my days instead of wishing them away.

I know it may be easier said than done, but it just really frustrates me when people are always talking about the future and skimming rocks over the here and now, but I just want people to take stock of every day for their sake, not mine.

Pull those reins back, let the horse drink a while.

 

~Tuesday = IBOT = community = love ~

 

**Image was taken in York – WA

November 5, 2013 - 7:18 am

Rach - I think you’re completely right…we don’t break the routine enough to make everyday enjoyable which then leads us to put all this pressure on other things….a holiday etc which sometimes don’t meet up to the hype cause we can’t just enjoy the “me” time or throw it up a little…..LOVE this post sunshine xxx

November 5, 2013 - 7:18 am

Tegan - That’s a pretty awesome way to go about your day. I tend to not plan too far ahead as I don’t deal well with curve balls at all. I prefer to go day to day, week to week it just feels safer.

November 5, 2013 - 11:15 am

lisa - Since moving from the city to the country, our lives have really slowed down now

November 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Eleise - Change and new experiences keep me sane. I also find being mindful of what I am doing at any point helps a lot too. Great post!

November 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Me - What a fantastic post and so very relevant to me right now. I was just saying the other day that I really should stop wishing for the weekend to get here. I love you idea of a daily curve ball – I think I will have to try that out and see how I go.
Thank you for sharing such a great idea !!!!
Have a wonderful day !
Me

November 5, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me - Oh I can so be guilty of this, like right now I just want today to be over so I can get my work done and not have it looming over my head. It’s like I’m always rushing. I am actually having less screen time so I can just ‘be’ with my kids more. Like you say, life is a journey, not a destination, or however that saying goes! Em xx

(also as part of #teamIBOT)

November 5, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Josefa @always Josefa - Such an important message in this post. The idea of slowing down, enjoying the now is something that I have reminded myself about many, many, many times this year. The now is so much mire inprtant than tomorrow – if anything, tomorrow never gets here. Best to live the moment not wish it away xx

November 5, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Jamie - I REALLY love this post, it really speaks to me and I know will speak to others. I love that you’ve given us an insight into you as a person and I take comfort in knowing that I am not the only one that sometimes feels this way! I know this is just the beginning in what could be an amazing series of pieces!

November 5, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Melinda - Absolutely! Completely relate to this at the moment. Trying to just be in the moment and express a little gratitude each day. Great post gorgeous! xx

November 5, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile - I really needed to read this post. I have to have everything planned and organised and if things don’t work out that way I get really flustered!! I definitely need to start throwing myself some curve balls and live more in the present than the future. Thanks for the reminder!

November 5, 2013 - 10:41 pm

EssentiallyJess - Yep you’ve hit the nail on the head here. I often say to my kids, ‘stop worrying about when you are 9 or ten or a teenager or whatever! Just enjoy being the age you are now!” And yet it’s something I need to work on in myself as well.
Thanks for the reminder.

November 5, 2013 - 11:33 pm

[email protected] - This is so true, and something I think most people need to be reminded of every so often. We need to learn to live in the moment more like children can.

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November 6, 2013 - 9:47 am

Sonia - This. Is. Brilliant. The best thing I could have possibly read first thing on my Wednesday (Hump Day) morning. How incredibly right you are. I’ve been guilty of wishing days away, but I am making a conscious effort not to do that anymore. Just because today isn’t Saturday or I’m working rather than being on holidays doesn’t mean it can’t be a great day that I can enjoy little moments of.

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