“You come home, make some tea, sit down in your armchair, and all around there’s silence. Everyone decides for themselves whether that’s loneliness or freedom.”

Christina Marie Setzer

I came across this quote a few years ago and it has stuck with me. In fact, I find myself returning to it all the time. With kids making another run out of the nest , the peace and quiet and free time I craved for so long is upon me.  And yet, as much as I love some good solo time, I can occasionally feel the burden of boredom. When I do, I think of this quote, and remember it really is just a matter of shifting my focus. I mean free time! To create, read, watch, write, nap, cook, clean up my messy life. How can I think of this as a liability when, in fact, it’s chalk full of possibility?

Thankful for a good summer thunderstorm this afternoon, and some downtime on a screened porch with a cup of tea. And then just for the heck of it, I went back to the beach for an evening dip, followed by a bath when I got home. Check Check check on a day I woulda thought being at the beach was a wash. I guess it’s like the quote says, life’s what you make it, especially in a storm.