Are You Really Living?

Most of the time fortunes in cookies are silly–does anyone remember the classic, “Help! I'm trapped in a fortune cookie factory!” But sometimes, they can be downright profound. Timely in a bizarre way that really makes me stop and think. Today my fortune cookie said, “There is just one life for each of us: our own.” Which got me thinking, “Am I living my life, really living, doing what I want to be doing?” And if not, then what am I going to do about it?!

Now of course, I haven't won the lottery, and consequently am NOT living somewhere by the sea, walking the beach with my dogs, and watching the sun come up after quilting all night. However, I am working in a job I've always dreamed of and hope to retire from some day. I get to think about, write about, and dream about quilts all day long. It's perfectly acceptable for me to have a beautiful quilt on my lap while I ponder it's construction and techniques the quiltmaker used. It's OK for me to play in EQ7, designing applique for a quilt I hope will be accepted for our upcoming Christmas special issue. If my boss stalks into my cubical and catches me looking at quilt winners from the last show, I'm not in trouble, it's research! I'm lucky and I know it–not everyone has a job that involves quilting.

But there are little things you can do to get more quilting into your daily life, regardless of your occupation. Put quilting screen savers on your laptop. Tape a sketch of your latest quilt to the inside of your locker. Hang a calendar of quilts in your cubical. Anything to keep what enriches your life at the forefront of your brain. That way, when you have 30, 15, or even only 10 minutes in the evening, you'll be ready to give a little of yourself to something you love to do.

Just imagine what you'll get in return.


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