I firmly believe that everything should have a purpose. Purpose is what drives us. Without it, we are aimless. Ships adrift. Chewing up moments as if they are infinite. Even when we are doing something just because we enjoy it, there is still a purpose—fun, relaxation, spending time with friends.
I know I need to do more things in which enjoyment is the purpose. I tend to be very work oriented. I’m at my peak when I’m crossing things off my to-do list. I feel greatly satisfied when I accomplish “stuff.” I get itchy when I’m trying to chill.
Take going out socially for example. There’s always a piece of me that is annoyed about the time I’m spending on being out. I think about all the things I could be finishing up if I wasn’t out. Some errands. A few chores. Grading things. Writing things. Getting ahead on something. I’ll admit to sometimes missing parts of conversations with whomever I’m out with because I’m wondering what else I should be doing. I lament the time I’m wasting.
I’ve got to learn to enjoy the present. To realize that time out in the world with good people is never a waste. To give myself permission to just “hang out” now and then. I don’t have to be going, going, going all the time. It’s okay to stop and have an experience, whatever it may be.
I don’t have to be working all the time.
I’m looking forward to doing some recharging. I like to think I’m a balanced person, but that’s not true. I definitely work more than play. Time to level the scales and shift into a lower gear.
Just for a little while. Maybe.
Let me just add “relaxing” to my to-do list…
What do you do to unwind?
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