I invite you celebrate the month of May with me. This month might well mark the tag-end of isolation. For most of us, relaxation of even a few restrictions has come as welcome relief. For others, especially older or more frail people, there may be a still be a way to go until we see what happens with COVID-19.
In either case, this could be time to change how we think and how we act. Tiny creative changes integrated into the day take very little time, but they may make a major difference to our lives.
Earlier, I wrote a blog, ‘Twenty fun things to do in 2020‘. The need to be socially distant and self-isolated caused me to rethink because my plans then depended on freedom to be out and about. My world is different now and so my new list accommodates the change.
Ways to celebrate the month of May
These activities could be once-off actions just for fun or to celebrate the month of May. Others might blossom into tiny creative habits that last, as well as new ways to think and act.
I got the idea for this blog from Tara Leaver and her blog, Freedom through Art although I often make lists of fun things to try.
Here’s my list
- Wear perfume even if you are staying one. Put it in the creases of your elbows and knees. You never know who you might bump into.
- Flirt with your clothes. Try different combinations and come up with a new outfit. An especially good activity at the change of seasons, as in Perth at the moment.
- Go barefoot for an hour or two.
- Use the best china.
- Tidy one drawer.
- Sew something small – a lavender bag, a bookmark, a potholder a pincushion.04
- Change the buttons on a cardigan to a different style or colour (or a few colours, for fun).
- Write a haiku about a place you love.
- Go for a photo walk around your neighbourhood. Photograph anything that catches your eye. Don’t overthink it, just snap away. Go through them later and look for possible paintings or do-it-yourself, gardening or craft projects.
- Ask yourself questions, such as ‘What if I tried…. instead of….?’ or ‘How can I make this easier?’ or ‘How does this work?’
- Go to You Tube and learn a new song.
- Finish a project you’ve already started.
- Start a new craft project – crochet, art-journalling, card-making, woodwork – whatever pleases you.
- Find an art gallery or museum online and meander for an hour.
- Make a simple card and send it to someone you love.
- Make a vision board and put it where you see it often.
- Revamp a piece of furniture with a coat or two of paint and new hardware.
- Write a list of all the things you want to do ‘after’.
- Write or paint or clean the house to music.
- Decorate some stones and leave them in the park for others to find.
- Put some books you are ready to let go on a bus-stop. Fun to check when they are taken.
- Paint or draw a little landscape of an imaginary place.
- Listen to a TED talk for inspiration or a new perspective. Here is a favourites list from Tara Leaver, artist and art teacher: her top ten TED talk favourites.
- Draw or doodle while chilling out in the evening.
- Buy some wonderfully colourful vegetables. Photograph them before you cook them, and afterwards.
- Knit a scarf in amazing colours.
- Be kind others and especially to yourself.
- Smile when no one is watching.
- Walk in the rain and enjoy the sound on an umbrella. My new umbrella is a delicious buttery yellow and I can’t wait to try it.
- Clean your teeth or write your name with your non-dominant hand. Note what you experience.
- Clear a small space in your house and leave it empty to welcome something new. (A drawer, a shelf, a corner.)
- Add your own wild ideas.
- Make a to-do list for tomorrow. Decorate it with wild colours.
Stay safe. Be kind.