Yesterday morning, I slept in a bit. When I woke up around 9:30, I headed out for a short run down Creek Road. I hadn’t run in a few weeks, so I was easily winded, but it felt good to be out there. At my turnaround point, the rains came down hard. I normally don’t enjoy running in the rain, but I caught myself smiling as I got soaked. I felt calm yesterday and unphased by the rain. I think that had everything to do with my change of attitude this week. I’ve worked to limit my activities and reduce the pressure I normally put on myself by scheduling my time so heavily. I’ve cancelled some commitments and lightened my load overall. I think that had everything to do with my mood feeling light.
Originally, my plan had been to run a 5K in Austin at 8am, then clean up at my office, the go to a writing workshop from 10 to 11:15, then go to work, then pick up my friend Erin for lunch, then come to Dripping to bake cookies for a 5pm Toastmasters meeting, then go to my meeting, then go back to Austin for a fundraiser and then return home, probably around midnight. That kind of day would have caused me a bit of stress. Instead, I slept in, ran at home, picked up Erin a little earlier than planned, went to a farmer’s market with her, had lunch with her, hung out at home with her, and then went to my meeting. It was much less scheduled, much more fun, and a total pleasure of a day. I can’t ask for much more than time with friends, and I got a lot of that yesterday, much more so than I would have had I stuck to my originally scheduled programming.
I like this self care approach to living. I like it a lot.