There is a tree in our front yard that is a home to crows, the crows fly in and out of the tree all day. During the school term the crows steal food from the grounds, they steal yogurt containers, muesli bars, and tuck shop paper bags. All of the rubbish from the food ends up under the tree. But then something started to happen, there were dead animals under the tree every day for 5 days. A rat, another rat, a top knot pigeon, a lorikeet, another rat. I started to expect a corpse under the tree after a few days.
I buried all of the animals under the tree in among all of the litter under the tree. It’s a huge pine so there are heaps of needles and dirt underneath to bury the animals.
After that first 5 days we’ve only seen a few more dead animals under the tree. Mostly old ones, like half mummified rats and bird parts. Today I was reminded of all of the animals the showed up under the tree over that week after my partner mowed under the tree uncovering the poorly buried bodies (it’s super dry under the tree and hard to dig up).
As I have a bit of a collections of bones and body bits the corpses under the tree don’t bother me and I can easily bury them when they do show up. We don’t think the crows were actually killing the the animals but that the rats were poisoned (there were heaps of dead rats in the area at the time) and that a cat originally killed the birds and the crows stole the bodies.
I read something a little while ago that suggested different reasons why we feel time pass faster as we get older. The one that stuck with me (well, the one I remember) was that the percentage of your life that passes in a year becomes smaller and smaller. Therefore when you are between the ages 4 and 5 that year is 20% of your life so far, making it seem like such a long time, whereas when you are 35, like me, it’s only 2.85% of your life so it goes much faster. I think it’s probably more so that when you are an adult you are always so busy doing all of the things, all at once sometimes, that time flies. When you’re a kid you’re looking forward to and counting down to everything; birthday, christmas, school holidays, moving house. I’m sure adults agree that when they are counting down to something they really want (or something they really want to be over) that time moves much slower.
And now it’s 2017, oh my! And the 12th January already, how did that happen?! I already feel like I’m wasting my time.
I’ve been doing some planning with the aid of a mind map. The mind map is a great tool to clarify your goals and I’ve got it on my clip board that is filled with paper of sketches and notes to keep looking at it. In this house any paper that is printed on one side goes into a drawer or a folder to reuse. Most of my anatomy patterns have something printed on the other side, whether we printed it or it’s junk mail. But let’s not get side tracked.
Search mind map on pinterest (there I already did it for you) to find more info on the technique.
It’s pretty weird for me to think about having goals as even 5 years ago I was like goals, fuck off, that kinda thing is for losers (like me, actually) but in the last few years and particularly the last year I’ve really found that using techniques like goal setting are helpful to keep propelling me forward. Oh, and I have motivational quotes on my wall, can you believe that!? As an adult I think it is so easy to just get lost in the motions of everyday that you forget to pursue the things you want to do and are passionate about. You forget to stand up or be present for the things that matter to you. Goals, motivational posters, all that kinda annoying stuff that other people do that used to annoy me – I’m now that person and it’s bloody working, so I’ll just keep being a goal setting, motivational poster put’er upper.
One of my favourite motivational quotes at the moment is this one “If you commit to nothing you’ll be distracted by everything.” It comes from here. I think this is the most completely solid piece of truth I’ve ever read so to try not be distracted by everything this year I chose 3 words to repeat to myself.. Those words are Focus, Learn, Do. I wanted something a bit more fancy that “do” but it’ll do (ha ha). Focus has really become something of a mantra for me already. It’s a great little word to get yourself into the zone.
But anyways, here we are in 2017. So, tell me about your focus for this year?