A friend of mine had a very interesting question for me yesterday. He asked, “Would you still be blogging everyday if you were married?” My reaction at that moment was yes, probably, but the process might look a little different. I might just be blogging random stories, and would not have made the 25 day Christmas commitment. I walked away and didn’t think much about it.
Yesterday was busy, at work in the morning, then a photo shoot scheduled for the afternoon and more work in the evening. My Sunday afternoon photo shoots usually consist of driving to small towns and looking for abandoned houses with a group of people. Yesterday, I photographed a band called Moving Colors. They rock the house everywhere they play and I really enjoyed doing the shoot. We did some silhouettes behind the big screen, what a blast!
After I left the shoot, I had to run to the bookstore to find some Luke 2 images for a video. As I was on my way there, having a small amount of time for personal reflection, I couldn’t help thinking about the question again. Why did he ask that? Curiosity got the best of me, I had to email him and find out. I typed it at a stoplight, not while driving… just for the record.
I went to dinner with a friend, one whom needed a break as badly as I did, and had some nice ‘down time’. Through the course of our conversation, it was apparent to me that nobody gets enough personal time or down time, especially during the Christmas season. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing, but certainly there has to be some holiday balance. Where? I have no idea.
I’m intrigued by the name Moving Colors. I forgot to ask how they came up with the name. As I look at it, it’s very descriptive of the way I see things in my world. Life moves so quickly, it sometimes looks like a blur of colors in a time-lapse video. The name is obviously based on their incredible talent and I’m quite sure, has nothing to do with a fast paced life.
I received a reply to my email, “…when you are married one tends to process life issues out loud with their spouse. Since you don’t have one right now you seem to be processing life in your blogs.” I had never really thought about it that way. Hmm. More food for thought.
Trying to live this Christmas more outside myself has been an extraordinary experience. Spending time doing things for others, not for myself, is just an awe-inspiring way to spend time. I plan to do this well into next year, not stopping after the Christmas season. As Jim Johnson said in his message yesterday about living upside-down, we tend to forget the changes we have made to live differently and go back to the same daily grind. Next year at this time, we’ll start the whole process over again. Jim suggested we leave a Christmas item out of storage this year to remind us of our promised change. Being the weird artist type that I am, I already do that, so I’ll have to choose something different that my usual Christmas lights. Maybe an ornament. One for me and one for each of my kids.
To answer the blogging question, honestly, I really don’t know what would be different. I don’t really have a definite answer. I might be blogging, I might not. Blogging might be a substitute for adult conversation and relationships. It might be a daily cure for loneliness. It might be just for fun. It might be my down time. It might be a place for me to express my humorous and complex viewpoints on life. Whatever it is, God is involved in it. Maybe I don’t need to leave anything out of the Christmas box. My blog might be the thing I need to remember the changes I have made. I suppose I should read my blog every so often throughout the year so the tinselectomy changes don’t fade away.