Thinking through and writing about issues that rouse
I am loving this January energy. I think it's a common phenomenon for the new year. Collectively, people want to improve their lives, be their best selves, start the new year fresh. Typically, that energy dissipates. When I was teaching, it was diminished by the work demands of the job. But now that I am retired, I am hoping I can keep it up.
I have this running joke with my friends. They ask me how was your weekend? They know my answer is, everyday is a weekend for me. When you are retired, it's like one eternal weekend. So there is no January, no new year resolution. it's mentally always January, always a new year.
During the holidays, I seemed to be unproductive. When I realized this ebb was a necessary part of the process, I was at peace with this period of dormancy. But I was so ready for the flow of the "new year." Thankfully, it came: I added another story to my Talk Story collection, continued my drawing lessons, and started the verse form of my play, Pulani. I am trying to discipline myself to keep "office hours" in the morning for writing, as that is my most clear-headed time. Today, I picked up my guitar. I washed linens and even began to clean and clear out the mounds of stuff I have in my possession. Not fun, but one of those things that will be good for you, in the end.
I love flow times. I don't think you have to have a life like mine (retired) to live in this creative flow, though it sure is nice. The main thing, is having a desire to create and definite projects to work on that come from your inner core.
Diane Aoki is a writer who explores other modes of creativity as her intuition leads her.