Just as the temperatures fall from the humid 90’s of August to the pleasant 70’s of September, and Autumn heralds its imminent arrival with the subtle changes in the color of the trees around us, I feel the panic of Falling Behind.
I’m an erratic list maker. I have lists on my iPhone, in the notebook I use for jotting notes for my writing inspirations and in my journal I have fondly dubbed “My Brain”. It holds the items my aging synapses are unable to retain in any order. In my fifth decade, I blame it on all of the names, phone numbers, account numbers and birthdates I have tried to compile in the (let’s face it!) minute amount of gray matter I was born with.
I have a special To Do List which I made three years ago. I cataloged all of the updates I wanted to make to our home. I went around room by room listing all of the changes and maintenance items I needed to tackle. I have crossed off about two things on the list.
Oh, I have my reasons. Summer overwhelms with family events, camping trips, and outdoor concerts. Last summer, I had a broken wrist and for much of the summer, I wore a cast. After it had come off, my dominant right hand and arm were weakened to the point I couldn’t accomplish many of the items on my list.
This year, in addition to the multitude of summer affairs we attend, our youngest son got married on an island in the Carribean. Yup, I didn’t get very much done. Now, I am looking at a list older than the two year old, furbaby next to me. Thinking to myself, ‘If it wasn’t raining, I could’ve painted outside today…’
How many of you have To Do Lists with still too many “To Do’s” on it?