Because I apparently don’t have anything to do, I decided to try and learn how to set up my professional website. It’s taking a lot of brain power to do this. And because I am doing this, I can so relate to my kids when they get sucked into a project or research, and just can’t be pulled away.
I’ve been looking up themes, learning how to write in .php (WordPress language), reviewing how to use Unix, trying to figure out what I can even do…and getting sucked in. I almost forgot to make dinner and my husband had to read the kids their bedtime stories.
After a couple of hours, I’m not done with my research, but I got a good chunk of it done. Enough to be able to sleep tonight. Enough to let it go for a while so I can do the other things I’m supposed to be doing.
It’s funny how things like that just sweep me up when I least expect it, and I just HAVE to know more. I can’t go on without figuring it out. I can’t concentrate on anything else until I at least get a rudimentary handle on it.
I can relate to when my kids are engrossed in something for hours on end. Full of passion to figure things out and make things happen. I can relate to how that drive is so innate in all of us. And how important it is to let it happen, even when it’s not “supposed to”. (Like I’m supposed to be working on a certain book right now, not relearning HTML.) I may not have been working on what I was “supposed” to, but I feel SO alive right now. And ready to move on to the other things I’m supposed to do with renewed vigor.
When was the last time you experienced that pull to just keep learning, doing, experiencing? That feeling that nobody can stop you until you figure out the answer or to make something work? How did it make you feel? Do you see it in your kids?