The sun rose at 4:45 this morning. It will set at 9:34 tonight, making today 16 hours and 49 minutes long. I expect that I will be up for at least that many hours, if not more. Rising early has given me time to contemplate what I’m going to do with those 16 hours, 49 minutes.
The only thing I must do today is the school run. Even if Nicholas takes forever getting ready and we walk up the big hill to school that shouldn’t take up more than two or two and a half hours tops. That leaves me 14 hours and 49 minutes that I can either use or lose.
Once those seconds, minutes, hours have ticked away I will never get them back. I can happily report that I spent the first hour of today drinking coffee, catching up on TV show that were stashed on sky+ and painting my toenails. I read some blog posts and thought about what I might want to write about today and checked the weather.
It’s nice, not having to rush out the door to catch a train, to catch a second train, to make it to university of time. I think I’m going to enjoy the coming months. For the first time in a long time I feel that I have a chance to savour every moment, every second as it ticks past. Each day is wide open with the promise of new adventures.Today at least one of my adventures will involve cleaning out my closet and organising my wardrobe. Definitely not my favourite task, but it’s time. It’s funny in a way, how we mark different periods of our lives with different wardrobe choices. Thankfully, the wardrobes of full-time Moms and full-time students have some similarities. I imagine that today I will be questioning if that’s all I am. I know lurking in my closet are clothes that I haven’t worn much, if at all, since I worked as an engineering assistant and then a research assistant a decade ago. I think that just maybe as I’ve let go of trials in my past, it’s time to let go of some of the clothes that accompanied them.
I doubt that will take me more than an hour or so, though. Which leaves me at least 12 hours to live or let flit away. Hopefully, I’ll fit in some knitting and blogging and twittering and gardening and cooking and baking and a nice long relaxing bath.
What about you? What will you do with the gift of time you have today?