Stress seems to be hovering over me like that dark cloud that follows cartoon characters. Between Katie’s surgery and her cone of shame, my shoulder which is requiring physical therapy three times a week, and our Aunt’s move to a nursing home, it feels like the days are filled with concerns and difficult decisions.
Sometimes it feels a bit overwhelming.
I don’t remembered even noticing the sky the past few weeks, but as I left the house yesterday the clouds struck me as kind of pretty. The weather was changing fast, the wind blowing the clouds around and the sun popping out for brief moments of brilliant light which moved like a spotlight across the yard.
Grabbing my camera I knew I didn’t have time to go far before the sky would be totally cloud covered and we’d be sunk once again into the grey that is often a Michigan December afternoon. I headed toward the closest wide open country around here, not sure what I’d find, but hopeful.
And I was right. Barns, clouds, fields, all pretty in the changing light.
I haven’t been on a barn hunt in months….maybe even a year. It seems fitting that I get one more mini adventure in this year and that it revolve around barns.
And a church.
I was only out there an hour, and the weight of the camera made my shoulder ache, but it was wonderful. Recent problems fell away and it was just me chasing the light through crisp air and skies filled with heavy navy clouds.
I guess it’s worth remembering to do something you love as often as possible. It helps to deal with all the other stuff if you give yourself a break now and then.
Happy New Year everybody! May we all work through the problems that will inevitably come along, and may we balance those out with moments of pure joy doing the things that make us happiest.