This morning I finished my daily list by 10:30am . My next thing was church at 5:00pm. This left me with six and a half hours of completely free time for the first time in forever.
In school there was always something to write, read, or study. "Free" time always had a cost, paid with late hours in the library. But, I'm no longer a student, and this time was delightfully, disorientingly free.
I called my sister to ask for ideas,
baked sourdough bread,
chatted with a friend,
went for a walk,
unloaded our dishwasher,
wrote a grocery list and a budget,
read Lunch in Paris,
edited an essay,
rearranged my bookshelf,
and then went to church.
A lot of things, all things that have at some point been on my daily list and done like a chore. Doing them of my own freedom felt a hundred times better.