Today I’m linking this blog to “Imagine the Impossibilities” 2012 Challenge. Why, because today was the day where I was supposed to wrap up all the amazing couch crafts I have created? But to be honest it was an utter failure. I’m embarrassed because whenever I have signed up to do a challenge on the internet I ALWAYS complete them. Why? Because I’m that type A personality.
Sure I did a couple of crafts you can read about here and here. And one that never even made it to posting (in the drafts file) but the plan was to show a comprehensive guide to low movement crafts. So what have I been doing instead of my challenge?
Pretty much nothing other than thinking, homework, and hanging out with my husband and son. Maybe, just maybe, that was what my impossibilities challenge should have been about the whole time. Trying to “Imagine” myself just taking it easy, relaxing, and being in the moment.
If you don’t know the “back”-story (bad pun intended) basically my unborn baby is pressing on my spine causing excruciating pain. Most days it is all I can do to make it to work and back home, and the only advice given from the doctors is lay down and relax as much as possible. Being the non-relaxing type my first weekend of couch laying was tremendously boring, but as the month has progressed I realized how lucky I am. I have gotten to spend so much quality time with McClain. He gets on the bed or couch with me, runs his cars all over, talks in his sing-song language, plays with my hair, and generally makes himself at home where ever I am located. As I simply lay and watch him play I have had time to enjoy these last few moments of just the three of us. In a few short weeks he’ll be a brother and from that point on we’ll be a family of four.
These are the days I wouldn’t be able to get back. Knowing myself, I would have spent the time trying to create the nursery, or clean the shelves, or basically anything other than just sit and watch my son if I physically had been able to. Instead I have been given the gift of stillness. Time to think about what matters, make plans for the future, and enjoy the present. Patrick has always been better at taking in the moment, and I see more why as we sit side by side in the Sun watching McClain run about the yard.
Certainly, I won’t be spending the rest of eternity doing nothing. In fact the new baby has dropped some giving me a little respite in the chronic pain and I already tried to take McClain shoe shopping. Which left me limping and laying the rest of the weekend so hopefully I learned a lesson there as well. So clearly as soon as I can; I will get back to “doing”. BUT I hope I can remember that perfection isn’t necessary and take a few moments to just sit and relax.
So I failed on making wonderful crafts but I learned an impossible lesson: That sometimes just “being” is the best part of “doing”.