In a fast-paced world, everything seems like it is go-go-go, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down even a little. We divide our time between this and that, but it never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done, which can take a toll on us. We don’t get enough sleep. We don’t eat as we should. We make excuses for not taking care of ourselves as best we could. Sound familiar?
Unfortunately, I am not Morpheus, so I don’t have a magic pill that would perfectly balance all of life’s demands. However, I’ll share with you something else that can make things a bit easier—a recipe. I know you’re thinking, how can a recipe improve my life? But, hear me out.
Mornings can be tough. For me, I procrastinate getting out of the bed, so much so that I set my alarm to go off an hour before I need to get ready for work. I know I can hit the snooze button three times before I run the risk of being late. Then, I have just enough time to get myself together and race out the door, which never includes breakfast. Let me tell you that it is no fun when your stomach protests and roars in the middle of an office meeting because you're hungry.
I have always been an ambitious person who tries to embody the live and let live mantra. I believe I should be able to live my life as I see fit without (too many) external influences. Though I have learned that being the captain of one’s own ship and going against the grain poses a unique set of challenges, which often leaves me feeling overwhelmed.
I often have these grandiose ideas that I feel are quite doable with proper planning. However, once I begin to drill down on all that is needed to make my dream a reality I soon realize it requires more effort than I initially envisioned. And, thus the overwhelming feeling begins.
In my last post, Why I Stopped Living Just for the Weekend, I explain why and how I’ve decided to stop living for the weekend. Though, I admit, it can be difficult not to anxiously anticipate when you won’t be on someone else’s clock. I can still appreciate the end of the workweek for what it is—my time!
Those days off allows us to remove the mask, and be who we want to be. Let’s be honest the person that we project ourselves to be at work isn’t the person we really are to the core. Ok, I’ll speak for myself on that one.
As I prepare for Monday, I try to take it in stride and not get the Monday blues–a dreading of the start to the workweek. Where I once again have to wake up earlier, then I’d like to be in the hustle and bustle with countless others. Knowing I never wake up early enough to eat breakfast, I will have to grab my overnight oats as I race out the door. Hoping the bus doesn’t pass me before I get to the bus stop, I’ll have to speed walk as a precaution.
I know this will be how my Monday goes because this is how most workdays begin. But, I don’t want to be someone who wants to jump from Monday straight to Friday as if the middle of the week doesn’t exist.
Its spring and I’ve made it through another cold and blustery winter. I almost want to run outside tossing coats, boots, and scarves while screaming at father winter as if I were Captain Dan cursing the hurricane in Forrest Gump. I am ready to sacrifice my winter clothes in a great conflagration to the Gods to curry favor for a warm spring and long summer. I am itching for a getaway, a vacation, a trip—something to pull me out of these winter blues.
It is time to pull out and dust off my bag of travel tricks. When planning my next getaway, this is what I tend to consider:
We all know the challenges of life. Attempting to maintain a basic life can be difficult and some of us tend to complicate it further by having ambitions. The nerve of us! On top of work, school, laundry, grocery shopping, exercising, and whatever else, some of us want to do more. Talk about being an overachiever!
Take a vacation! Take a vacation! Take a vacation! I repeat…TAKE A VACATION!
For some reason, we’ve gotten into the mindset that we are being good citizens if we overwork ourselves. We are overworked and modern technology makes us too accessible. Being dog tired by midweek, working through lunch, committing to extra work hours, not using all of our work leave; and, for what? To show our colleagues and employer that we are willing to sacrifice ourselves for the company’s well-being? Or, to give ourselves the false sense of job security because of our self-sacrifice?
I have heard the age-old verbiage of living life with no regrets. As ideal and dreamy as that sounds it just doesn’t seem practical. It seems impossible to have a life with no regrets with all that life throws at us and with all the decisions we must be accountable for.
This was my thinking until I realized what was truly meant behind the saying. I take it to mean that you shouldn’t have regrets about things that really matter to you. You shouldn’t compromise your ideals if you truly value them. So, you may have regrets about that $10 haircut. But, you shouldn’t have regrets about choosing family over work. Do you see the difference?
The world can seem downright cruel. We’ve witnessed so many tragedies recently from unprecedented hurricanes throughout the Caribbean and United States, large-scale forest fires, flooding in Asia, landslides in Sierra Leone, earthquakes in Mexico and so much more.
You can make life happen and life can happen to you. For most of us, it is usually a combination of both. It is making decisions to achieve a desired outcome, or it is going with the flow to see what happens, which is also a decision. However, this is more of a conscious decision to relinquish control.
So, life is a series of decisions, a series of choices where even your happiness can be a choice. You may wonder in the worst of times how can happiness be a choice? Well, it is. It is the choice to see the silver lining, to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to notice the rose in the concrete and to be optimistic. It is a choice to embrace positivity no matter how elusive it seems in that moment.
HI. I'M AWET.
A simple soul who likes to engage the world in meaningful ways in the hopes of inspiring others.
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