Many years ago, I discovered the secret to a happy life.
Always be tired.
At first glance, that doesn’t seem like a secret. And it doesn’t seem like something that would make you happy. In fact, it used to make me very, very, sad. I was confused. No one had told me that being an adult was so exhausting.
Because I was confused, and I tend to talk until I understand things, I talked about my tiredness to anyone who would listen. I’m sure I was a big hit at the office. Then one day, I realized a solution to my tiredness.
I stopped expecting to feel anything BUT tired.
I know I say this a lot, but it’s so true: perspective is everything. Once I embraced my tiredness as evidence of a well-lived life, it set me free.
Free to squeeze everything in!
My mom always says, “You make time for the things that are important to you.” As always, Mom is right. I’ve found that I can squeeze in so many things, every day, that I go to sleep happy and exhausted every night.
Everything I want to do, and everything I need to do, I squeeze it all in. Somehow, it all gets done.
Last week, while I was waiting for some batting and fabric orders to arrive by mail, I decided to squeeze in some quilting on the table runners from the Mincing & Piecing post last month. I intended to get them all quilted, lickety-split, with a fast meander, nothing fancy.
But then I cracked and got fancy!
Custom quilting is my joy, and I especially like the added detail on small items like table runners. It makes a utilitarian item special. And it’s a great opportunity to practice new designs. But it takes time, so I could only finish one table runner. The rest (and the binding) will have to wait for another squeeze opportunity.
Here’s the result. Fresh and fun, I think!
Here’s to a well-lived, exhausting life!