Just another Monday. The weekend was busy, so today I tried to play catch-up with the housework--specifically laundry and bathroom duty. I was more successful getting the bathrooms done than I was getting laundry done. Actually, I'm great at doing laundry...it's the folding & putting it away that I have an issue with.
I had a bit of time this weekend to create. My art journal called for me all weekend, but it must not have called loud enough because I didn't manage to get to it. I did do a few SB pages, and finished a very simple gift album for my MIL for Mother's Day.
I used a quote by Margaret Atwood on this layout. M.A. is one of my all-time favorite authors. Several of her books are in my top 20 favorites--Cat's Eye, The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace. The quote I used on this layout is, "If you're not annoying somebody, you're not really alive." It fits perfectly in the context of siblings, brothers. Gosh, they annoy the crud out of each other, and me.
It fits on a deeper level with me, too. I have a "peacemaker" personality--I like everyone to like me, and for years I took it personally if I wasn't liked. The older I get, though, the less I care about being liked. Don't get me wrong--I still have an intrinsic need for friendship and approval. My perspective is just changing and maturing. If all you do is try to please other people, you're certainly not taking time to please yourself. So now I understand and reconcile myself to being disliked...or at the very least, being an annoyance to others. And I do feel more alive because of it.