Life is busy right now. My partner's birthday is this weekend, which also happens to be a bank holiday, so I've spent a lot of the last week organising, planning and generally prepping for a short break we're taking to celebrate.
At the same time, my car has decided the oil dipstick is too long. We've also come to the end of a month long
process failure with BT, trying to upgrade our internet. Oh, and then there's the other two trips we're taking later this year, an on-going dispute with Hermes over where a parcel is, the slowly dying iPad, broken spotlight and, of course, all the usual bills, chores and 'adult' stuff.
I feel like my time is entirely spent sleeping, working or trying to keep various balls aloft. I'm tired, frustrated and a little bit stressed. All I want to do is spend some time writing, working on some photographs or, better still, reading! Honestly, society seems to be designed around a never-ending treadmill of requirements, research and time sinks.
And yet, last night I spent an hour just chatting with my partner. It was both relaxing and helped remove a bunch of juggling balls.
And yet, I've managed to put 8 hours into the story mode of Super Smash Bros. Brawl since picking it up two weeks ago. It's surprisingly fun.
And yet, my RSS feed is all-but-empty for the first time in nearly two years.
And yet, I've just finished a book that's been sat on my night stand for months.
And yet, last weekend I had the car finally taken in to have the recalled airbag replaced.
And yet, that's the thing. And. Yet.
Despite feeling like everything is crashing down around my shoulders, I'm still able to achieve an awful lot. Sure, I have a huge (literal) stack of books that I need to read before I can even start on the ones on the book shelf, but I am getting through them. It may have been a lot of time and work, but we now have a whole year of incredibly exciting adventures ahead, not least of all a trip we're going on tomorrow! And when we do go on them, the car will be a lot safer then it was before.
Sometimes it's nice to just take a step back, cover up the To-Do list and review your Done one. I live a life of immense privilege and luck. Sometimes, that gets forgotten, and yet when you remember it all the little things somehow become just that: little. It's not so much finding the time as realising how much you already have.