Lists. I don’t mean top 10 lists of this or that. I mean actual lists of things to do, things to pack, grocery lists, those kinds of lists.
I have lists made for everything. What I am bringing with me to South America. What I am leaving behind. What I need to buy. Where I am staying. What I am doing. It’s become a bit of an obsession over the past couple of days!!
I even have excel spreadsheets set up for my lists. List making is a serious thing for me! This is where the addiction of notebooks has come in handy. Of course, because I have so many notebooks, I also have duplicate lists in different notebooks. When I can’t find the original list, I just make another one!!
As I am about to leave for South America, I have lists everywhere. I also have piles of stuff with a note on top of them of what to do with them. This includes clothes and shoes.
Am I going crazy with my list making? I would like to emphatically say NO but today I realized that I think I am. I went for lunch, with a notebook in hand (one that already had lists in it!), and as I ate my lunch and updated my list – I thought what the heck am I doing?? I really just need to learn to go with the flow. I really want to do that while traveling through Chile, but my mind is saying NO YOU NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING EVERY DAY! Ugh – my mind makes me crazy some days.
Maybe one day the obsessive list making will stop. In fact, I made myself stop this afternoon so I could blog about list making (hahaha!!). (I would share pictures of the list making, but I am slightly embarrassed at the amount of them I have…)
I believe that everyone has some sort of addiction. Maybe its a caffeine addiction. Maybe a sugar addiction, or even something stronger. My addiction is books ~ specifically notebooks.
China has very cheap office supplies! And it is all good quality. My problem is the notebook. All sizes. But they have to be lined paper. My addiction is very specific.
You may be wondering ~ what is she doing with all these books?? I am glad you asked!!
Since I am a teacher, at least four of the notebooks are for lesson planning, with each grade having its own book. There is one that is for my journaling. One is for my scribblings of the book I am trying to write about my travels.
That leaves about 10 to 12. Each one has something in it. Lists. Names of students. Addresses. Random things I write. I know one or two have different ideas for blogs. One also has information about places I want to travel to. There is no specific purpose for any of the others, other than to satisfy my addiction.
So why am I blogging about such a random topic? To show that teaching and traveling the world is sometimes boring but in a good way. There are lazy days. Days I want to be introspective. Those are very good days to journal!
Living in foreign countries can sound glamorous but, in reality, it is not always that way. It is a way of life, a routine. I just happen to be living and working in China. And so with a routine comes mundane and boring days. And that’s why I have books. To fill them with my words. My visions. My nonsensical lists. And yes there are many nonsensical lists! Haha
It’s okay to have boring days. Creativeness can come from those days. New travel plans can be decided on. A whole world can open up to you, if you give boredom a chance.
So give it a try ~ plan a day of nothing, with just a notebook and a pen to keep you busy. You might be surprised at how fun a boring day can be!