Bucket lists and blueberries
Inspiration: it's the flame that carries us creative types forward, especially when every project is long term, and every deadline is months, if not years away.
This summer, in order to stave off boredom, I made a bucket list, and then I had each of my kids make his own list. Then, in keeping with one of my kids' favorite tv shows, Adventure Time, we've set about doing those things we dreamed about in the first days of summer.
Like the first handful of freshpicked ripe blueberries, there's something about exploration that brings freshness and new life. Canoeing, skinny-dipping in hidden grottoes, picking berries, and yes, learning to make a really good pie are great ways to stay connected amidst lots of work and play.
The dog days of summer are a tough time to feel rejuvenated. In the South, a body spends more time sweating, than he or she planned (I'm not pointing fingers here). In the effort to avoid that overcooked feeling, spend some time today to sit down and daydream. Then write some of those dreams down. Tape the list to your bathroom mirror.
Wake up tomorrow and mark off one thing.
Then do it again.
I promise you'll end up with some unexpected surprises, maybe a few bruises, and at least one great story to tell.
Coranna Adams is a writer, filmmaker, and educator from Asheville, North Carolina.