While I am not entirely sure how it happened, we’re now in the fourth last month of the year (what!?!), and while I recognise we have been busy with fairly productive undertakings (buying our first home, getting married (once but with two celebrations), switching jobs, moving out, going to Istanbul, renovating and the like), I am sitting here feeling as though I haven’t quite done enough in 2014.
It sounds odd, but I really do want to do more – I’m not sure if it stems from an inability to sit still or because doing things makes me feel useful which makes me feel good and feeling good makes me happy – but there’s nothing I detest more than being bored. So to this end – P’s joined 50forFifty (more on this soon), and I’ve been volunteered to help out with my 10th year reunion. His undertaking is clearly far more ambitious than mine, but I like to keep some time to myself to cook and eat and entertain at home.
What prompted this post was this incredible series by Queenie Liao (a free-lance artist and mother of three boys) who took a very ordinary and everyday occurrence (her son’s naps) and turned them into something so much more amazing than that. She started creating and documenting entire dreamscapes using her son, some clothes, stuffed toys, books, and anything else she had around the house (I have to say, she must have a lot of things at home, but I hear having kids will do that to you), and soon she’ll publishing a book of all of his little adventures. I am fairly certain she never expected her little hobby to gain so much traction – or bring so much joy to people around the world.
It just goes to show that it does pay to do things - even the seemingly "little" things. It pays to create instead of simply consume, to contribute and give back instead of always taking… Perhaps it doesn’t always “pay” in the financial sense, but not having a dollar sign tagged to something you do shouldn’t mean it is any less important. Think of all the incredible art that wouldn’t exist if their creators had focused on getting paid over creating something of alternative value.
While I leave you to trawl through Queenie's archive of incredible images and ponder upon whether to do more in 2014, I'm off to actually do something about our kitchen so I can get cooking again – which may not seem like the most extraordinary or valuable undertaking, but the husband and my hungry friends will most certainly appreciate the effort.