With the end of my job only a few bittersweet weeks away, I contemplate a lot lately about what I'm going to do with my life. Well, more like what am I going to do from 8:30am to 2:50pm while my kids are in school. I keep hearing the line in my head that "Only boring people are bored" from one of my favorite shows on television right now, Mad Men, spoken by Betty, the restless housewife. This makes me think that it's all up to me to decide how to spend this time...and hopefully make the most of it.
My mom says I should do nothing but "just be". Who says I need to do anything at all but be peaceful and grateful for this opportunity - the time to let go of my job and all that it means, and open myself up to what the universe has to offer. I take a look at my mostly single co-workers and know that many of them would give anything to be in my position, to have someone else ready and willing to support them, along with a little money in the bank, and the gift of having a choice. My wise mom definitely makes a valid point.
On the other side, a particular friend of mine has nothing but high hopes for me. She's this amazing cheerleader, reaching high with ideas and encouragement, including funny personalized jingles that she sings on my voicemail. Bless her! There are times when we need those people that seem to have more confidence in us than we do. It's infectious and inspiring. It's like how I encourage my own daughter to reach for the stars, so really, why can't I think the same way about my own life?
Whether I spend a day sitting outside listening to the chirping birds, exploring a local museum (like, actually take in the paintings and everything!), going to classes (can you say guitar for beginners?), or researching up and coming job opportunities, it's all mine for the taking. Forget my age and the crappy economy with the dire job market and limited funding! I want to be more like my kids, finding inspiration all around them. They can spend a fun-filled hour playing with couch cushions and blankets for goodness sake. They dream big without limitation. My daughter finds no problem at all with wanting to be a singer teacher mommy writer artist chef girl when she grows up. Hopefully she'll stay close with her soccer player astronaut architect president brother.
I can't think of a better way to encourage them, other than doing something that makes me truly happy and setting a good example. I look forward to not being bored, because, after all, I'm worth it.