The day after a birthday, or a symbolic day, I am left with a mixed feeling of content on one hand - 'ah, it happened..' and a disappointed feeling at another - 'ah, it's over.' I find myself eagerly planning my next milestone: a day for a trip I'd like to take... A deadline for a new work in the horizon... A friend's visit from out of town to look forward to...
I eagerly plan for the next milestone because there is a subtle hope in having something on the horizon.
I read somewhere (a newspaper? a website? a travel magazine? insert 'thinking emoji' here) that a person is more happy and excited in the two weeks leading up to a vacation than during the vacation itself. This notion blew my mind, (Well.... clearly not enough to remember the source - insert 'shrugging emoji' here) and made me realize the value in looking forward. In consciously inserting hope into my life. In putting things on the horizon.
So the day after a trip, or the day after a birthday, or the day after a deadline - is the day I come up with something new on the horizon: A hope, a plan, a goal. A date to look forward to. Are my eyes set on a new filmmaking application to jumpstart my next project and provide a work deadline for it? Maybe. Am I looking at google flights obsessively plotting my next travel plan now the world is opening up a bit? Possibly. Am I setting a new goal in my calendar to aspire to? Probably.
And just like that - the day AFTER becomes one of the days BEFORE...
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman