Monday, October 6, 2014

31 Days of Writing: So You Plant Your Garden...

Earlier last night I saw two of my favorite Youtube bands were playing in Boulder. Thinking that the tickets were probably crazy-expensive, I pretty much talked myself out of going. After about an hour, I decided to look the ticket price, just for the heck of it. Tickets were only $17.50 (with convenience charges, of course) and doors didn't open until 9pm. From that moment on, I couldn't stop thinking about the show.

It was then that I realized that I talk myself out of a lot of things because they're not part of the plan. If we haven't had something on the calendar for weeks, it can't happen. Needless to say, I'm not always great at going with the flow. But because of that, I sometimes feel like I'm missing out; like life is passing me by. 

Now, I knew Rick wouldn't be crazy about heading to Boulder at 7pm, but when I talked to him about it, he was totally supportive and encouraged me to invite a friend so I wasn't sitting alone at the show. 

He's such a catch, folks. 

And then I started my convincing again. My friend wouldn't be able to make it on such short notice and why should I even try? After more encouragement from Rick (Seriously, folks. He's a gem.) I texted my friend & to my surprise, she said yes!

After a short drive to Boulder and after some great conversation, we made it to the show in time to grab a drink and settle in for the opening acts. As I was standing there, listening to some truly great musicians, I was struck by how happy I was to be there. How happy I was to be out on a Monday night, spontaneously listening to some of my favorite bands with one of my favorite people.

I began to wonder how many moments of happiness I have missed because I was adhering to a schedule or because I was waiting for an invitation.

But the glaringly obvious truth is that I don't need an invitation to my own life.


I will not always have a schedule flexible enough to decide to see a concert at 6pm & leave at 7:15pm. I want to take as many of these opportunities while I can. As I woke up early this morning to finish reading for a small group, I was thankful for my tiredness. I was thankful that I didn't have time to finish my reading the night before because I was too busy having a good time.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich


We got a picture with the lovely & talented Danielle Anderson of Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Here's to more nights just like this one. 

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