Living in the Unplanned Moment aka Snow Day
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
– E. M. Forster
The Universe gave me a snow day today. I blissfully did not have to leave the house. I instantly made a list of all the things I could get done in the house. What started as 3 items turned into 8 items. Shoveling snow wasn’t even on the list but needed to be done.
So, after a good 30 minutes of procrastinating with, “Oh, I’ll just do this one more thing…” I finally got on my jacket, hat and mittens and headed out to shovel the front sidewalk and driveway. I knew it was going to be bad as the snow was heavy and thick and people had already walked across it a bit.
It sucked. It sucked so much I don’t want to describe it.
I understand that other parts of the country have had unspeakable amounts of snow and are still dealing with it. However, that does not make the pain in my lower back, shoulders, wrists and ego any less. I came inside thinking, “Yoga, I need Yoga, STAT” when I saw Ember sitting on the couch. She was looking at me with a face that said, “Did you really just go outside into that winter wonderland and not take me? You better not be thinking of taking off that coat…”
So I sat for a minute to let my back stretch out while still in my coat and hat. (I’m not going to even pretend I didn’t play a round of Star Realms on the iPad, so it was maybe more like 10 minutes. I lost, by the way.) I then got up, put back on my boots and mittens. I hooked Ember to her leash and away we went.
I wasn’t intending on going far. Just up the block and back. Enough for her to do her deeds and we’d be back inside the warm house. But Ember was walking all “Yay! Yay! Yay!” and somehow we kept walking. Next thing I know, we’ve gone far enough that there’s no turning back. We’re committed to the full walk through the park and back. But the thing was, I didn’t mind.
It had stopped snowing. There was no wind. Everything was covered in a thick white and I felt like I was walking in an alter universe of my neighborhood. Ember was so happy to be out and about sniffing the world. As we walked, my body warmed up. My back didn’t hurt. I threw Ember in a snow bank. She got to chase a gaggle of geese off. The stream in the park looking like a holiday postcard. At one point a woman drove by and she smiled at us. I thought about what I looked like: a short girl in a grape colored jacket with a pastel colored knitted hat with a ball on top and braided ties down the sides, huge ski mittens, boots and a fluff corgi waddling along beside me, tromping through the snow.
I thought to myself, “I would smile at that girl, too. I’m glad to be her.”
We came home and did 30 mins of yoga to help with any soreness that might pop up later tonight or tomorrow. (I say “We” because Ember did help. She’s always there for me, under me while in down dog giving kisses.)
It’s snowing again outside and the wind has picked up. We went out at the perfect time. I still have the “things to do list” next to me. I’m not so worried about it. If I had let that list rule my life today, I would never have had this smile on my face.