March #SOLC Day 22
When we want to work, we work
When we want a play, we play
In a happy setting
We’re getting some fun out of life
These words by singer, Madeleine Peyroux tell the story of my friend Kathy in such a perfect way. They are her mantra. They depict how she lives her life.
In fact, she just lights up when this song comes on the radio. And when this happens we drop everything and break out into song.
Kathy works hard. She goes to bed early and is up at 4:30 a.m. every Monday through Friday (some Saturdays) and on the road by 5:30. Battling the traffic and those crazy drivers who tailgate, weave in and out of lanes, text while at the wheel and generally cause havoc on the road. When she finally makes it safely to work (on a prayer) she is on the go all day long.
Meeting with teachers.
Meeting with administrators.
Meeting in classrooms.
She’s rarely in her office. It seems that every minute is filled with important things to be done.
But, when Kathy is home she releases all of that……and she plays.
Going to concerts.
Going to book signings.
Going out with friends.
Kathy plays hard. She stays up later at night and catches up on her sleep in the mornings. Her days start out a bit slower with no alarm clock, a lingering breakfast (made by yours truly), coffee and playing some games with her cyber friends on her phone. Some light cleaning isn’t out of the picture, along with a visit to her mom’s to help with groceries and other errands. But, at least half of the weekend is left for play.
Given all that my dearest friend in the whole wide world has been through in her life I would say that she has earned the right to
dance when she wants to dance and
to sing when she wants to sing.
She has it figured out – this thing called “balance.” Whatever she is doing at any given moment she give it her all and yet, when it’s over she is able to leave it behind and move on to the next thing. And, knowing her, there are many more things out there just calling her name.
Sing and dance. Work and play.
Getting the most fun out of life.
That’s my friend.