I recently did just what I described above, and realized that as much as I love the old Gods and Goddesses, I was letting my life be consumed by religion. I started out just wanting to help those who were entering our religion, and somehow that exploded into something that consumed the better part of my free time. I was literally eating, drinking, and sleeping our religion. I thought about our Gods and Goddesses, writing articles, writing poems, writing stories, etc... and lost sight of the greatest gift of all that the Gods gave to us...... LIFE. I used to climb mountains, hike, kayak, hot air ballon, travel, and just enjoy the company of my friends, but over the past few years I have had little time for anything other than our religion. Now some of you may say, "well Glenn is it such a bad thing to use your time and efforts on such a worthy cause ?" The quick answer is no . However, the Gods do not want any of us to experience just one slice of this great universe that they gave us. They want us to discover and explore as much as we can and desire to. They want us to learn, experience, and be happy ! For our lives may seem long, but once you get to a certain age, my age, you begin to realize that the hour glass of life does not have much sand left in it.
Recently I decided to ease back a little from my religious work and find new hobbies. I recently bought three Schwinn bikes, touring, mountain trails, and road racing, and am having quite a little bit of fun. I forgot the thrill of going down a steep hill at 40 miles and hour, or being thrown in the air on a mountain trail. I also never realised how much we miss driving at 40 + miles per hour in a car. The world is much more interesting at 16 miles an hour. ( I know I was going 16 miles per hour because I went by one of those police radar devices that give your speed ) I also have started to do a little bird watching. I know, sounds boring ! It really can be fun if you know what to look for.
The funny thing is that when I am doing these things I still think of our religion, and our Gods and Goddesses. I now bring a pad and pen with me to jot down notes as I ride, or while I am bird watching. I think the Gods were trying to push me away from religion a little to experience things that I could then relate to our religion, including this article. Yes, religion can be a wonderful thing in the right doses, but is so much better when it is the perfect fit in a life well lived !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !