The thing I really love about this crazy project of ours (which, I’ll admit, is taking over our lives more than I had anticipated) is how it has forced John and I to really examine the connections between things: the people in our lives; the places we frequent and aspire to go; and the circumstances of each given day.
Each day we look at our list, survey the big picture, weigh out our options, and then make a decision to “do something” based on the circumstances of that day: work obligations; social obligations; our energy levels; and so on.
The real challenging part is trying to find patterns, or ways to creatively integrate multiple to-do’s in one day, or one week, or one month, that makes doing them more interesting, worthwhile, and fulfilling; rather than just doing them for the sake of doing them.
For example, yesterday was “British” day. This was part chance, part pre-conceived. The pre-conceived part was throwing a transatlantic Skype surprise birthday party for my ultimate best friend Bill (who moved to England to be with his partner, David, a few months ago). David schemed up a brilliant idea to have all of Bill’s friends together at once for the surprise.
Call it a ‘coincidence’ that David had this idea to co-host a surprise party (which was already on our to-do list). Call it a ‘coincidence’ that Amy had to work, unexpectedly, at the Historic Fort York that day, and couldn’t make the skype-in, causing us to relocate the party to an English pub down the street from her so that she could easily escape on break. Call it a ‘coincidence’ that “Visit Fort York,” was already on our to-do list, and that Amy was able to give us a crazy, personal guided-tour of the old British military complex before we headed over to Bill’s party.
Coincidence, chance, happenstance, or just well-crafted opportunities? I am not exactly sure. I guess the point I’m trying to make is that, as each day progresses, I can see more clearly how all of this is interconnected, and how my friends, especially, have become a major part of this project. For that, I am grateful.
I am off on a tangent here. The Skype-in was brilliant, really. Just look at the pics…you’ll feel the love.