Food for the Soul

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I’m just going through everyone’s emails and checking the Facebook Rafflecopter, and I’ll start sending you all of your books tomorrow. I’m not sure why I did that Rafflecopter to be honest, because I’ll be very happily emailing copies of all of my scribbles to anyone who requested them anyway, and with the greatest of pleasure. SPAMMER ALERT. 😀 I’m at risk of planting myself headfirst into the carpet right now in super snoozemode though, so please be nice and forgive me if I only get to comments tomorrow.

I don’t ever listen to music when I’m in my office, and definitely not when I’m writing no matter where I happen to be. This last week has been quite a rush for me though. I’m that cool kind of tired where everything aches just a little, but it’s worth it, and I’m well pleased with myself for not caving and running away entirely. I’ve got through thousands of emails and bits and pieces, I’m finally nearing the top of my catch up pile for the first time in months, and today is a very smiley kind of day for me because I can feel an epic lot of scribbling coming on as well. So I reckoned that a cool song or two in the background wouldn’t hurt – just for today.

The horde sat really quietly for a while (after almost hitting the roof when the first song I loaded from Youtube started with a REALLY loud advert), and then the concert began. The weavers generally sing all day anyway, in between heroic pretend battles with lots of tiny but outraged screeches, and trying to bounce on each other’s heads. The music caused a ceasefire this morning, and they landed wing to wing on my keyboard, stared at it for a bit, and then joined in the fun. Proper concert in the park. Even the parrots warbled along. I probably wouldn’t really have taken much notice of the actual music if I could get at my computer, but my weavers don’t take crap from anyone when they’re doing whatever it is that they want to be doing, not even me, so I just sat back and watched them for a while.

It suddenly dawned on me that I’ve gone from being someone who used to listen to music a lot to someone who only listens to it now when I’m driving somewhere. And then it occurred to me that the same applies to sketching, painting and inventing new munchies in my kitchen. Those loves of mine have pretty much taken a back seat for a while now. Then I listened to a slightly mournful – but still gorgeous – song, and thought that those things aren’t really important parts of my life anymore. Writing gives me the biggest joy, and that’s all I should be concentrating on right now.

Funny thing though. Sitting back doing nothing except watching my little feathery guys have a ball and sing their hearts out gave me just as much joy, and I realised that I don’t have to define myself in any way, or do only one thing. Fair enough – singing along myself wasn’t an option – even I don’t want to hear that kind of racket. Beany the parrot chomped me on the nose the last time I had a go – I think she thought I’d been possessed by a foul unmusical demon.

Not the Mama

I loved every minute of listening to it though, even after I regained control of the keyboard and got back to work. I don’t want to get old and decrepit and look back wishing that I’d done more of all the different things that make me happy, and I’m just realising that sometimes being in too much of a rush to achieve a goal could make you focus too hard on one single thing while life rushes right past you, and you lose a bit of who you really are. You can forget sometimes that you’re actually alive, right here, and right now, and that you can actually do anything you want to do. Anything at all – really. Not to mention that you could get taken out by a passing meteorite or miniscule alien spaceship piloted by super-sophisticated gnats with really cool hairdos at any second, and then you wouldn’t get to do anything at all anymore, and all this cultivating of bunions on your bum would be for nothing. Besides – now that I think about it, you have to live life if you want to write about it. Maybe some of us scribblers should stop for just a little while now and then, and add some long forgotten loves right back into our lives, because music and food and doodling a cool picture, or any other thing that makes you happy should never be lost as you zoom along your three score and ten, for any reason, person, or goal at all. It’s allowed to stop and smell any old thing you like now and then.

And for the boys – don’t ever take her for granted….


22 thoughts on “Food for the Soul

    Jack Eason said:
    July 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    You’re right – Talking to the Moon is a lovely song Jo. 🙂


      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      I used to think that I probably wouldn’t like the new songs now that I’m older, but there really are some really great ones. Bruno Mars has such a beautiful voice. 🙂


    Jack Eason said:
    July 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    more thoughts and news from Jo. 🙂


    Bumba said:
    July 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Of course. As my characters in my book say: “Keep playin that country music”.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Oh yes – I love country too. Me and Bobby McGee. 🙂


    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    July 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Fantastic Jo and you are right must stop and smell the roses from time to time and have a go at the long forgotten jive (not in public) glad you roadies injoyed the concert from the front row instead of on the wing and top of my list for Reblog Saturday. XX♥


    Kev said:
    July 18, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Love Bruno Mars… great songs. UB40 too. Thanks for sharing, Jo!


      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      You have the best taste in music Kev – just like me. 😀 UB40’s always been a fave of mine. I love the internet where you can look for any old song you like, and it’s always lurking around somewhere. I shouldn’t admit this, but I quite liked a bit of Milli Vanilli before they got outed for miming. 🙂


        Kev said:
        July 20, 2014 at 1:27 pm

        I know… but everyone mimes! 😀


    teagan geneviene said:
    July 18, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Funny… those very same things have occurred to me lately too. All those fun creative things I used to enjoy. Someday when my job doesn’t sap everything from me… I really enjoyed this post, Jo — and you made me feel validated too. 🙂


      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks and HUGS to you Teagan! I was thinking about how I’m always saving the fun stuff to do later on, and that later on just keeps getting later on. 😛 Maybe we should put a couple of HAVE FUN notes on our weekly To Do lists. Chance would be a fine thing though. 🙂 X


    inesephoto said:
    July 19, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I enjoy reading your blog, and I nominate you for a Very Inspiring blogger award. Check out my last post:) My best wishes,


      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you so much Inese – I love it! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂 X


    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    July 19, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Starting Reblog Saturday off on a musical note – with avian overtones and some reminders to enjoy life on an everyday basis is the lovely Jo Robinson. Thanks Jo – this hits all the right notes……


    Carol Balawyder said:
    July 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Nice choice of music. Cool advice you gave on not forgetting to live. Have a happy day. 🙂


    theowllady said:
    July 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.


    olganm said:
    July 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I agree with you that we should not forget to do the fun things, and not save them for later…


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