And so...........I started making sock animals. Tons & tons of them. Every night after work I'd come home and he'd be on the computer and I'd start sewing my little heart out on the couch so that my mind could be focused on something other than this man that was about to leave me. Those sock animals saved my life during that time. You can't be upset about anything when you're making a sock animal by hand. Well, the knots and threads and broken needles and raw finger tips might make you want to cuss. But you really can't be moping about anything else while you're trying to figure out what the cute little bugger's face is going to look like. So I made 'em. And I put a lot of heart and soul into them. And they got me through nearly an entire summer of living under the same roof with my husband who was making plans to leave. At the end of the summer, I had already given away plenty of animals, but also had a bundle of 10 of them for my sweet nieces and nephews whom I was going to see at my parent's 40th Wedding Anniversary out west. My husband was supposed to be on that plane with me. But instead, I was on a plane with 10 little animals, sobbing with tears and snot just pouring out of my face as I had just said good bye to him at the curb for the very last time. He soon was on a plane to AU, never to return to NY (and I haven't seen him since). Without a doubt, giving those animals to my nieces and nephews & feeling some joy by doing so, was one of the greatest blessings of my life.
So my advice to you today is to find a little hobby, especially if your life is difficult right now for any reason. I am telling you, a hobby will ease the burden and give your heart and mind a rest. :) And, it will be fun. (Yes, even if there is NOTHING else good going on your life, you can still feel some enjoyment.)
Right now my time is very limited due to work (even doing my hair & flossing my teeth feels like an extracurricular activity! :). And so instead of photography, piano playing, crocheting, macaron making, gardening, sewing, canning food, quilting, cooking, reading more, and making more sock animals (I have a long list of new babies I want to give these to), the only hobby I can squeeze in is writing this blog. But what a great experience it has been to write all this down...I am grateful for this hobby, too.
Do you have any hobbies that help to ease your burdens or stress? I'd love to hear. I'll be adding them to my fantasy list of hobbies :)