People have accused me from time to time of being too serious. That is just when I get in my thinking, contemplative mode. I like to think of myself as a light, fun person. It is sometimes easier to just let the weight and responsibilities of life rest on your shoulders. As a working professional, a partner, parent, friend, sibling, etc. it is easy to be so busy making sure that you have handled everything that you do not leave yourself the time just to let loose and have fun. It is also exhausting and takes the joy out of life.
Being constantly responsible, it can take some convincing to lay down the duties you see yourself as needing to accomplish, and for others to take care of matters for a while. But, if you are so busy all the time, that is just what passes you by, TIME. You lose the joy in living, and then what is the point of all of this. Life is meant to be fun, experienced, and enjoyed.
When was the last time you just stopped? At my last job, we were allowed two personal days a year. These were the days I decided to call in stupid. (That is what I called it). I was not sick, and everyone else in my life was busy doing what they do, work and school, I just wanted a ME day. One where I was not calling out of work because I felt too bad to get out of bed. That is what sick days are.
So, give yourself a day off. Do not make the bed! Do not rush to the store. Just take a day and decide you are not doing any of the usual or expected things today. Give it a try. You will see that your world will not implode or explode for that matter.
When was the last time you played in the rain, tried a hula-hoop, bought an ice cream cone and enjoyed it, played on a playground (without your kids), threw a frisbee, or watched a funny movie that you would love though your partner wouldn’t?
There is a lot of stress and worry in the world right now. There always is; one situation is followed by another, then another. If you are waiting for things to settle down before you take some personal time, you will be waiting for a long time. Life is meant to be fun. What are you waiting for, permission? What are you doing that is fun and maybe a little unexpected? Anything?
Take a day off and just let loose a little. Take a nothing day. Let everyone else take care of themselves for a little while and give yourself a break.
Also, do not watch the news and turn off your electronic devices. Just get out and play.
When you take a day to relax, you are giving yourself a chance to reset. Give yourself a new perspective. Stop taking life so seriously that you are cutting yourself off from enjoying what is all around you.
Love & Blessings,
Ashley J Spurgeon