Life’s been pretty grand lately – all because of a shift in my thought process. At the end of last year I told myself that in 2018 things were going to be a little different. In 2018 I was going to be selfish. I know that sounds terrible, but I’ve spent way too many years feeling guilty for not taking care of myself, both mentally and physically. In the past I’ve jumped to take care of others and have neglected myself in the process. For some reason I’ve felt guilty for taking afternoons off to spend with friends, or for spending a day doing nothing productive. In our society I feel that we are expected to always ‘be productive’ and that we aren’t really good enough if we aren’t ‘doing’ something.
I vowed in 2018 I wasn’t going to worry about all that. Tired? Take a nap. Don’t want to go do something? Say no. Want to spend the afternoon wine tasting with a friend? Why not.