I’m really, really sick today.
I’m exhausted. I’m loaded up on meds. And everyone is telling me to r e s t, but my mind won’t allow me. I feel like I’m letting people down by not being at work. I have this feeling that I’m going to be behind when I get back. It’s like “fomo” but instead it’s fotabbibsbwigbttbwwi: fear of taking a break because I’ll be so busy when I get back that the break wasn’t worth it.
Does anyone else feel this way, or is it just me?
Anyway, this is just a good reminder that you can take breaks. You can take sick days. And you don’t always have to be doing something productive. Sometimes you can just be.
And sometimes it can take a bit of slowing down to re-charge and re-think about what’s important. I can get so caught up in the to-do lists and the busy days that I don’t take a moment to just breathe.
With all this ~free time~ today, I’ve been thinking about a tweet I saw recently:
Romanticize your entire life.
This means finding joy in small things. Feeling grateful for how the sun beams through the blinds. Feeling still while the snow silently falls outside your window. Feeling content during a night out with friends. It’s beautiful when you really stop to think about it. The commute to work. The apartment you live in. The meals you cook. How amazing is this life. The coffee you make to keep you company. The plants you place by the window. The grocery store routine. How amazing are the quiet, little, uneventful moments. How amazing is it to fall in love with the little aspects of your life simply because they are yours.
All the little things take time + energy, and they all have to get done. So, why not do it with love? Why not do it with care?
And when you find things to love about your life, you get excited about it. It’s worth the investment because it makes you feel alive. It also teaches you more about yourself. What you like, what you don’t like, what helps pass the time, and what makes you feel good. You learn and adjust to take care of yourself.
It can be so easy to forget these little things. These little moments. But these little moments can have a big impact on how you feel about yourself and your life. Things are always changing and the little things can be easily overlooked and forgotten.
So try it out, see what little things make up your life.
You just might be surprised.