The Cycle of Life

Today was another day in what has become my life on repeat. 

I’m sure you know what I mean. It’s the cycle (not the circle) of life. Clean the house today, it’s messy again tomorrow.

Ya know?

So, today… I woke up early, worked in the morning when my babysitter came to look after my kids, got some writing done, went on a hike, did three loads of laundry, made food for the kids and then did SO MANY dishes. The usual. 

And then it was bath time for LM and WP. 

It seems like it’s the end of the day, but not quite. 

At bath time the kids are sleepy and my ability to be Happy Mom is basically diminished. All of us are tired and nobody’s done with their day yet.

#ugh

Sometimes, when they’re splashing about, I’ll pull up some videos of Daenerys and dragons on YouTube to inspire some thoughts about how to make my dragons more amazing in FREEDOM (my next YA Fantasy book), once I get it back from my editors. I want them to be magic, in the best way. 

But bath time ended, and so did my time to escape into my imagination full of forests, dragons, and magic. 

I was exhausted, but my to do list had not magically disappeared. 

I still had to get the kids ready for bed. 

Clean the house (there were toys everywhere). 

Bake some rolls for tomorrow. 

Fold three loads of laundry.

And for a moment I thought: I just want to sit and watch videos of dragons. 

#wishfulthinking

As I was kneading the dough for the rolls, I asked myself: why do we need to escape?

It’s not that I’m not happy with my life and the mundane chores it entails, because I am. I love my family and all that comes with. I love my job. On a good day I love to bake. 

But there’s something restless amidst these recurring responsibilities. The cycle of life was getting to me. 

Why, though?

I kneaded the dough and wondered for a while. And then it hit me. 
It’s because we’re meant for more. 

We get restless because there is much more that we can do or be. We have this amazing, divine capacity because we are bigger.

Maybe we yearn for more through story, through that escape into magic with dragons, because we are made for more. 

Maybe there’s a part of us that yearns for that when we get stuck. It’s not that we’re not happy, but part of us is recognizing that we are made for bigger things. For endless possibility and promise. For magic. 

We are magic, not mundane. 

(The rolls turned out REALLY well, in case you were wondering.)

Let me know in the comments down below how you infuse your day with a little magic!

4 Comments
  • Denise Force
    Posted at 23:35h, 27 April Reply

    Magic for me to day was giving away items to friends and strangers. Have been making masks ( like most folks with sewing machines). Able to give away ( in person and by mail) 12 masks today. Even more special was ability to share a donation I had received over the weekend of elastic..( has been in short supply for awhile) with other sewers so they can also donate masks as needed.

    • Katie Cross
      Posted at 08:23h, 05 May Reply

      That is magic, Denise! You’re literally pushing a change into the world. Amazing. I love it!

  • Kimberly Smith
    Posted at 14:03h, 28 April Reply

    I’m an artist, so when I get that way ….
    I let myself sit and draw. A friend gave me a quote that I just love. Klee (German artist) said drawing was taking a line for a walk.

    • Katie Cross
      Posted at 08:23h, 05 May Reply

      I’ve never heard that before and I love it! It’s amazing that you’ve connected with something that works to kind of bring you down. Good on ya, sister. Also, I’ve recently rediscovered my love of coloring with my kids. So I’m with you on this 😉

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