Humans as a whole are far too willing to work themselves to death. We over-schedule, over-analyze, and over-commit to life’s flurry of events and obligations. It’s natural for use to want to be everywhere and do everything, but when do we really focus on ourselves and enjoy a day of peace and quiet?
As I have mentioned, I have been working some Saturdays lately. Luckily, I didn’t have to go into the office yesterday, but I had a 5K first thing in the morning so sleeping in was out of the question. Though it was my decision to run a 5K every month, I really wanted to just stay in bed rather than drive 20 minutes to the event and spend time out of breath and sweating my brains out. But I did it. I rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, and headed out the door. It wasn’t my best 5K, but it certainly wasn’t my worst and, though I thought my performance was lacking what it has been, it was still my best time yet.
So I decided to reward myself.
After a shower and change of clothes, I headed over to my mom’s where we ordered in Chinese food and hunkered down with Jake to watch
the longest movie ever The Wolf of Wall Street. We were all set to watch another movie, but my contacts were giving me a headache (as they often do) and I decided to head home to put my glasses on and just relax. With the heat turning my apartment into the tropics, I stripped down to a bra and shorts (the benefits of living alone) and laid out on the couch with a copy of Chelsea Handler’s new book of travel adventures, Uganda Be Kidding Me.
Five hours later, I woke up.
It’s not very often that I laze around the house, but after working like I’ve been and the 5K, I was pooped and clearly needed my rest. And I didn’t feel the least bit guilty for enjoying every second of it. Normally, if I don’t do something during the day, I feel like I’ve wasted time.
There is always something to be cleaned or planned or written. But sometimes, like yesterday, you just need a break. You need to relax. You need to sit back and read a book or watch a movie or just not think about the million things that are usually running around in your head. You need to just be and not stress about what’s not getting done because you’re taking a little “me time.”
What we never seem to understand—I’m definitely guilty of this—is that what we don’t get done today can be done tomorrow. Sure, deadlines pop up and some events must happen in a certain time frame, but for the most part, we can take a day to do nothing and the world will not fall crumbling down.
Wonderlings, I implore you to stop and savor a day of relaxing. Don’t do your hair or put makeup on. Stay in your comfy clothes and just enjoy the day. Sit on a balcony and watch the clouds move in the sky. Park your butt on the beach and spend the day listening to the waves crash and the wind howl. Bask in a day that is not special in any way except that you are free to ignore the chores and responsibilities that can wait.
Take a deep breath and take a day off. Your senses will be recharged before you know it.