Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you’re prepared to do.
Yesterday I walked – twice. I also made cards. I ended the day feeling relaxed and peaceful (even with the political storm swirling around). I walk or run in the morning almost everyday, but yesterday I went longer than normal and, later, when the beautiful November afternoon beckoned, I didn’t look at my extensive To-Do list; I went outside. Before my afternoon walk, I spent a few hours working on greeting cards I wanted to send out. A couple of hours slipped by as I experimented with my cutting machine, selected papers, found quotes, glued and taped, but they were restorative hours that were thoroughly enjoyable.
During the twelve months of this 366 Somedays, I will have tried twelve activities I’ve always thought I wanted in my life. I’ve discovered some of these activities simply don’t call to my heart as I thought they would – speaking Italian, for example. Sure, I’d love to speak Italian, but not enough to put in the time to learn it. Unfortunately, the same may be true for learning to play drums. I’m not ready to cross that one off my list, but I’m getting close.
Yesterday, as I practiced a little self-care, I realized I really love walking and running, especially when I do them outdoors. I also really love making cards and playing with paper. It dawned on me that a benefit of this 366 Somedays process is I’m homing in on activities I truly love and am prepared to pursue as well as discovering which activities are simply wishful and probably need to fall by the wayside. I want to spend my time pursuing those activities that leave me with the relaxed, peaceful feeling I experienced last night. That feeling shouldn’t be reserved for days when I have made a concerted effort at self-care. That feeling should be the norm and getting there requires letting some activities go in order to focus on others.