First of all, I want to thank everyone for their kind words of support and encouragement in regards to my last post. You ROCK my socks off! But seriously, it truly meant the world to me and made me once again be reminded of how lucky I am to have such an amazing and wonderful set of friends and family in my corner, rooting and cheering me on. Muchos gracias!
So how are we all doing this second day of January? I had quite a wonderful day myself. My Mission 2012 so far is off and kicking to a great start. One of my goals was to lighten up on my tendency to have to schedule and plan things, to feel the need that I have to constantly be running around like a chicken with my head…um, running around like crazy (don’t worry PETA, no animals were harmed in the analogy of this blog). I woke up this morning and did something I haven’t done in a long, long time…I had a lazy and much-needed ‘me’ day. Yep, that’s right folks. I never even got out of my Sponge Bob pajamas. After a whirlwind of the past few weeks, I needed a day to decompress and catch up on some serious chillaxin. And boy was it great! I caught up on some reading, some blogging, some puzzle book doing and even some trashy TV watching (cuddled up to this cutie, how could it not be a great time?!).
At first, the thought of not doing anything productive in my day was a bit stressful, to tell you the truth. STRESSFUL you ask? How could a day, seemingly built around lounging around and being lazy as all getout, be even remotely stressful? Isn’t that a bit (or a lot) of an oximoron? For most people, yes. It is. But for this chica, a girl who is always going-going-going (seriously, my middle name should be the Energizer Bunny), always having to be productive, always feeling like I am doing something wrong if I am not, well, doing something, this was a challenge for me. When I am not working, working out, looking for work, or any other activity that is the direct opposite of relaxing, I feel a huge pang of guilt. I have the tendency to leave ‘me’ for the very last, taking care of other people’s (and thing’s–have you met my very high maintainance dog, Thunder?) needs before I take care of my own. And that is how I like it. I enjoy taking care of people. I like being busy. I like getting things done and checked off the ‘ol “To Do list”.
However, lately, I have come to find that I like–and need–doing things just for me, things I enjoy, things I have never done before, things that are good not only for my body, but my noggin as well. I forgot how much I loved participating through the TV, shouting out the answers to Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune (Why did you buy that silly vowel if you already knew the puzzle?!?!), and my all time favorite…The Price is Right. I forgot how much I loved eating peanut butter straight out of the jar or guzzling milk right out of the carton (just some of the perks of living on my own). I forgot how much I loved reading a whole book in one sitting (The Hunger Games, you have got me hooked). I forgot how much I loved not following a strict plan or schedule, if only for a day.
Sometimes you need a day that is not packed to the brim with meetings and projects, errands and trips to the gym. SOmetimes you need to rock those Sponge Bob pajamas all day long and not give a darn if your hair is a bit on the wonky side. Now don’t get me wrong, even though I loved my lazy day, I know I couldn’t do it all the time. What I do know is that I need to do it more often…and the thing that surprised me the most, I found out I kind of, sort of, really want to do it more often. When I start working again soon and with school in the fall, I won’t necessarily have this valuable time to do these kinds of things, so I am definitely trying to take advantage now. However, I think it will be even more important as I get busier to carve time out just for these kinds of ‘me’ days or if time doesn’t allow for a whole day, a ‘me’ moment or two.
Life is all about balance.
I used to put so much emphasis on the WORK part of the ‘Work hard, play hard’ saying but now, I am for surely going to start paying a little more attention to the PLAY portion. Life is too short to not be lazy every once in a while.
So you, yes you in the uber cute jeans and Chuck Taylors. I hereby give you full permission to be completely selfish every once in a while. Get a mani or pedi. Catch a football game with friends. Stay in your pajamas all day and watch game shows. Whatever your poison, just go ahead and do it. You deserve it. We all deserve it.
Question of the day: What would you do on your ultimate relaxing day?