Random Thoughts on a Friday in July

Long ago, in a faraway land in The North, on streets where people drove cars that didn’t all look alike, when your only phone was on your kitchen wall, in a time while it seemed forever when Christmas or summer vacations would finally arrive, I recall the times my parents would tell me that time seems to pass faster as we get older.

How true; though in those tender, young years, it didn’t make sense to me.

Lately – mostly in the past 2 years or so – I’ve noticed that Dad and Ma’s observations hold true, and I’ve taken it to heart.

We all are allotted only so much time on Earth. Until recently, most of my time here in this world was spent trying to make the most of it. Not too much of my time was wasted, unless I count a few things that were detriments in my life (lousy last 5 years of my working career, a few poisonous relationships). About 7 years ago, I stopped watching television altogether. In the past 11 months, I kicked Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to the curb forever. I’m still on Goodreads, but even that is getting dicey there, too, with people complaining about the number of books others are reading and how nitpicky some are about others’ opinions. It’s really sad how such negativity and hate is infiltrating even the most seemingly innocuous places; places that should be a safe haven.

Nevertheless, without all those other senseless distractions and time wasters, I recaptured so much more time in my days that I’m actually getting things done that at one time I only dreamed I would.

The busyness got busier since this past May or so. The weather got warmer, and we spend more time with outdoor activities and routines. Maintaining our two gardens – soon to be increased to three, maybe four – is a joy for my beau and me. Our gardens are flourishing, and we are finding quite a bit of satisfaction with developing our butterfly-bee-bird-dragonfly areas.

On rainy days, I work on my writing. My latest book of Christmas short stories is in its final proofreading and editing stages; it should be available late this month. I have three other books in the draft stage, which I hope to get finalized by the end of this year. One is a collection of photographs.

We have a lot of activities planned for ourselves for at least the next 5 months that we hope will increase our love of culture and education.

This busyness cut into my blogging a little bit. I had been blogging every day until springtime. Yes, most of the cutting back was because of me being very busy, but some of it is that I don’t always have something to say. I cannot throw something out there for the sake of being out there, only when I have something I believe to be genuinely blog-worthy.

On the relationship front, I mentioned to my beau the other day that I’m of the thought that I can afford to be very choosy with whom I am friends at this time in my life. I don’t need, nor want, so-called “friendships” that bring angst and aggravation. When you’re younger, you are still working out what kinds of people are good in your life, and not. Trial and error, as it were. Nowadays, with life’s experiences in my pocket, I don’t want people, nor family, anymore in my life who play games, are troublemakers, or generally go against my happiness. Why go through whatever remaining time you have left on Earth, to be around negativity, game-players, or downright mean people?

There was a time when I was a voracious reader of the news. It was back in the time when you could believe what you read because the facts were checked and double-checked, not in today’s tabloids of faux news. Yes, there really was a time like that! These days, I keep abreast of news, but with a “trust, but verify” approach.

And I am so tired – tired – of The Blind and Deaf who sing just one tune in the world of current events. That’s also part of the reason I am not the voracious reader of news that I used to be. Who needs the lies and whining? Who wants to listen to the cry babies? Who wants to be shut down when the facts are presented? Not me.

So, all in all, I’m realigning my life and focusing more on what is important that I want and need to accomplish, and less on the insignificant and happiness-draining. There’s no hidden meaning in this blog, no secret messages, no trompe-l’œil or “fool the eye” here. I mean what I say and say what I mean:

Life is meant to be lived. It’s later than you think. 😁 ❣️

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

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