for the life of me, i haven’t been able to relax lately. lately as in, the last 20 years. is this simply how it feels to be an “adult”? if so, i say a resounding “no” to adulthood.
i know there are more things to stress out about when you’re grown than when you’re a child and don’t know what taxes and mortgages are, but i don’t really buy that. shouldn’t childhood, or at least the high school/college years, have been more stressful? when you’re a teenager, one false move and your entire path could have changed. i had so many dreams of what i wanted to do with my life. i wanted to make sure i worked as hard as possible to realize those dreams.
now, at almost 42, those goals have been accomplished. i’m a professional musician, i’m married to a great guy, i own a home, and i live in a great city. those really were my main goals.
so, why can’t i relax and enjoy the fruits of all my hard work?
so this fall, with all my have-to’s and running around from rehearsal to gig to the gym to the grocery store ~ i’m going to add one more goal. RELAX.
i hope you can do this with me. or help me do it? i’m really going to need help with this one.
last night, i began my routine with my own personal-sized party-for-one cheese plate, and some lovely pinot noir. (that’s sliced turkey, tillamook cheddar, a gorgeous bleu, some nut thins, and a trio of jalapeno mustard, stone ground mustard, and grapefruit preserves)…
on my beautiful deck that was not used all summer (shame) …
with a silly girly magazine (gotta get the scoop on fall fashions, right?)
and this view accompanied me…
it was warm out there, with a nice breeze, and for a moment, i chilled the heck out. never easy. but a little goes a long way. just 20 minutes of relaxation and i feel like i can handle today’s crazy schedule (2 rehearsals and a performance ~ ay yay yay)
i wish i could meditate or read a devotional book or pray or do yoga. but for now, i have to start with just relaxing and not making it fancy.
won’t you join me this fall, with all the goings-on and craziness, and take out a few minutes each day to just step away from our hectic lives for a moment and relax?
i know everyone out there has different ways to take time out. i’d love to hear some of your favorite ways to chill! please post them if you feel like sharing!