I’m in the best mood ever. First and foremost I’m feeling okay. Not great, not perfect but better than what’s been my new normal. Second, I drove today. Besides a quick test run on Friday, this is the first time I’ve driven since the surgery. It was nice to get back in the habit of taking my daughter to school. Both our routines have been messed up for so long. I’m almost positive she was just as happy about it.
The third mood booster is I got a haircut. Not just any haircut, a GREAT haircut. It wasn’t cheap but I’ve learned my lesson with ‘inexpensive’ haircuts. I had that variety a few weeks before my surgery and have hated my hair since. An added bonus was finding someone I’m willing to go back to. Also, she charged me for a men’s cut, which is cheaper since my hair isn’t long. She got a nice tip.
My fourth happiness inducer is a little more complicated. It started after dropping my kid off at school. It was 8:15 and my appointment was scheduled for 10:00. The place I was going is across town from my house and I was basically half way there. I didn’t want to go home for an hour. Across the street from the school is a grocery store with a nice coffee/tea shop inside. It was a moth to a flame moment. As soon as I thought of it I was on my way there. I walked in feeling more like myself than I had in ages. I despise the taste of coffee but I adore the smell. It was like coming home.
I ordered a hot tea, English Breakfast of course, and found a table. I keep a smallish spiral in my car at all times and had brought it in with me. I had no idea if I would be able to make use of it but better safe than sorry. I opened it and stared at the paper. Nothing happened. I probably sighed louder than the best teenager on the planet but I wasn’t going to give up so easily.
Out came my phone. I opened the WordPress app and searched for writing prompts. A couple were interesting but weren’t waking my muse up. I jotted down three and then I wrote another sentence: Why are you afraid of the dark? No clue where it came from. It wasn’t a prompt I came across but it must have been inspired by one.
I spent the next…hell I don’t even know how long, writing everything I could think of. Because it’s me, it evolved into two long lists, which graduated up to a potential blog post. I plan to write that up after I finish this post and schedule it for tomorrow. Neither posts are fiction but I still feel tomorrow’s is creative and I couldn’t be happier. Once I got all the writing out of me I could I headed towards the shopping center the hair place is located in and roamed around various stores until my appointment.
Afterwards I went home but the idea of staying there was abhorrent. I was still feeling okay and I figured I could write a blog post anywhere. I loaded up my laptop, a spiral and the weird new ear buds that came with my phone (which I love by the way) and headed to my favorite place to write away from home. I ate lunch and got started on this post. I’ve been sitting here for an hour trying to write this while all the people coming and going are distracting me. I love it. People watching is amazing and it’s wonderful to be able to be able to multitask again.
I’ll probably have to go home to write the other post. I don’t want to overdo it. It’s hard to make myself not jump back into life head first. Obviously I don’t want to ruin all my progress though. I overdid it on Friday and could barely do a thing on Saturday. I’m not allowing myself to be in the same position again.
So like I said, I’m in the best mood and I’m doing much better. I still have a long road to normal (well normal for me), but I’m healing faster than ever. I’m going to write the second post then try again to write some fiction. Also, I’m re-watching Doctor Who so I won’t be sitting at the computer all day.
I hope to have more writing updates next week.