Sometimes, after we've made our detailed plans, life swoops in and rearranges the timing of everything. I used to find it extremely annoying. Now I view it as a gift.
In addition to my work as an artist, jeweler and Tarot reader, I have worked part-time as a Systems Administrator for a non-profit in Sausalito, CA. It's an odd mix - but it keeps both sides of my brain active.
At the end of this week, the non-profit office will close and we will transition to working remotely. Uncoupling from the physical space I've commuted to for seven years (!!) has been an energetic process, to say the least. (But I won't miss the commuting. Not a bit.)
In the midst of studio work, tech work, office shut down, and normal life, my husband and I have been prepping for a long-overdue vacation to the family cabin on Flathead Lake in Montana. It's a rustic, one-room number, and sharing it with family, dogs and who knows what else will be an adventure. I packed my hammock, a case of amazing wines, and at least three books. So excited!
As life will do, instead of having a few buffer days between office closure logistics and driving to the lake, we have no buffer. We literally leave the day after the office shuts down. That's just how the dates and times shook out. And instead of panicking and stressing about the various forms of packing/unpacking that had to occur in limited time...
I rolled with it. Consciously chose to go with the flow.
Because sometimes Life, The Universe And Everything knows better than I do. Sometimes LTUAE can see the uber-big picture and decide things need to proceed differently for my own benefit. And since no amount of stress and crankiness will change our timing, why go negative?
Turns out, I am now extremely grateful to be leaving the day after the office closes. Instead of derping around the house, unpacking boxes of supplies and fretting about where I'm going to set up my computer next month, I will be driving with my family to gorgeous Portland, OR where I get to see beloved friends; and then it's on to the lake and craft beer and long walks and sunsets.
Instead of fretting about the transition from the old to the new, I will be living life on a grand adventure, and returning full of fresh air and fresh ideas.
I will have a clean break between a bittersweet goodbye and a fresh start.
Thank you, LTUAE, for knowing better than me. And making sure I get exactly what I need.