Today I heard a phrase I'm sure I've heard a thousand time in my life. Stop and Smell the roses. I don't think that anyone has specifically said it to me, but I've always known what people have meant by it. That you can't rush through life. Sometimes you have to take a break and make sure to enjoy the little things in life.
So when I heard the phrase today, I couldn't help but really stop and think about it. Mostly because, at the time, I was actually watching a show and procrastinating on my writing. (Well, rewriting. I do have an editing goal I need to try and keep as I have beta readers waiting for it.)
I've never really been the one to be busy all the time. However, in the last year I've found myself doing more and more things, and therefor finding my schedule getting more and more full. There are weeks when I almost never go home after work. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I love going out with my friends. I love my critique group and all the different things I've been doing since starting writing.
So now, for the first time in my life, I find myself actually able to appreciate the saying. I understand what it's like to get so caught up in everything that's been going on with my life that I forget to stop and see or appreciate all those little things. I've done it, where all I can think about is the stress of getting a book written, or edited and forget that I love this. I love creating a story, and there's nothing I want more than to share those stories with everyone else.
Of course, getting stressed means I start to feel overwhelmed. When that happens I tend to stop working on whatever it is I need to get done. Unfortunately that means I start smelling the roses a little too much. I just stop. I'll do pretty much anything to not work on the writing or editing that I have to do. Today that happened in the form of watching the first season of Dead Like Me.
I know how to stop and smell the roses. I do it all the time, even when I really shouldn't be. That doesn't mean that I disagree with the message of it. It doesn't matter what's going on in your life. How stressful everything is, or how much you have to do, every once in a while, you need to stop and take a deep breath. Look around and realize that life isn't always about that to do list. Sometimes it's about taking those thirty minutes you don't think you can spare to have a meal in the park while listening to the birds sing. Sometimes it's finding the time in a week to watch that show you absolutely adore, because it inspires you, or even just entertains you.
Sometimes it's not about doing something. Sometimes it's about not doing something.
Unfortunately for me, right now it has to be about doing something. The roses will be there when I'm done, though, and I'm looking forward to smelling them again.