“Not now! Why?!?!” I bemoaned to myself (in my head, of course), as I waited in a Manhattan urgent care for a steroid shot.
I had just arrived from one business trip, and was preparing to leave for India the next day. I had a mountain of work piling up at home, social plans to keep (that were later cancelled), and suitcases to unpack and repack.
And of course, to sleep/exercise/do those things that any good human being is supposed to do.
While the realization didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks, it slowly seeped through my mind as I waited for the doctor. ”I. Really. Can’t. Do. Everything. And I need to stop TRYING to do everything, before it kills me.”
To be honest, I don’t know how I kept up with such a frantic schedule all summer. And it probably resulted in the throat infection I found myself saddled with (and am finally getting over). I just know that I can’t, and won’t, put myself through that again.
I’ve spent the past few days spending more time away from my devices. I left my phone and computer in the car while visiting with family, opted for an early morning walk with my father instead of pounding away on the treadmill, and let my mind wander as I stared out the window on the way to the office. I didn’t obsess about getting all my e-mails answered by the end of the day (because with a 10.5 hour time difference, they WON’T), getting blog posts up when all I wanted to do was read a great book (could NOT put this one down), and feel like I always had to be doing work (very similar to what Victoria expressed here).
While I’ve made haphazard attempts in the past to streamline and minimize my life, it’s something that I’m committing to 1000%. I’m no Superwoman, but I’m finally taking back some much needed control in my own life.
I’ll be taking the rest of the week of from posting – thank you, as always, for your support of my website! It means the world and I’ll be back with the usual favorites on Monday.