So there’s this super-schmaltzy youtube video about “The Gift of An Ordinary Day” by Katrina Kenison that’s been making the social media rounds for a while. It’s one of those Hallmark-y type videos that make Kirk Cameron seem edgy where you kind of envision everyone in the audience clutching their Jane Seymour’s Open Heart Collection necklaces from Kay Jewelers while they ugly cry and then being like, “OMG, ladies! Let’s make a list of what we need to buy at Target to better commemorate our children’s lives. To Pinterest!” It’s also long-ish (8 minutes) but here you go if you haven’t seen it and are interested:
With that in mind this year I started one of those “one photo everyday in 2012” projects. It’s still going as of February 2 which, for me, is a record for any type of New Year’s resolution (Sorry, Jillian Michaels.) I’ve put some of the pictures in this post.
I know the point is to keep a record of the beautiful, mundane, everyday routines and gradual changes that really define life. But the pictures are all like, “teeth brushing,” “sleeping,” “eating,” “school,” “park,” “cat” “shopping.” And all of those things are fine. I want them to be part of my life and would be kind of upset if they weren’t. But rather than reminding me to treasure the everyday the pictures are making me want to change some of the everyday details even more.
One of the main reasons we’ve stayed in the city is that we’re 10 minutes away from zillions of new, different, interesting things. On any given weekend you can go to the sculpture park or a free concert or a festival or a seminar on [insert wacky but kind of interesting sounding topic here] more easily than you can go to the mall. That type of diversity and freedom is appealing. But somehow I’ve managed to get into a rut anyway (though thankfully it is mall-less).
Maybe another benefit of purposely trying to appreciate the every day is that it shines light on how you can enjoy the life you’ve chosen even more. And for me that means less repetition and more exploration.
So thank you, Kenison youtube video, you have inspired me to sign up for an obstacle course race where you pretend to run away from zombies and take my kid to the