Writing is something that I enjoy doing. I also thoroughly enjoy nature, traveling, and doing pretty much anything that takes me outside. I have a very close (and very small) group of friends that I get together with every now and again and we go on our adventures. Recently, I sat down and I evaluated my involvement in various activities that I used to enjoy (listed above); frankly, I am not very happy with the results.
I had an older (and by all means, wiser) family member who told me exactly three years ago to slow down and enjoy life. I have always been in a hurry to achieve my goals, and thankfully, I have been able to achieve them thus far. I’d say I’m right on track. Unfortunately, in the same breath, I am not having as much fun as I used to. So I decided that now might be a good time to follow the advice of my relative.
Setting “Me” Time
As a mother, a full-time student and being fully immersed in school activities, along with my now four jobs (ask me how I breathe), I realize when I set aside some time for myself, I feel a lot better for the next day. This means I haven made a conscious decision to take time off to do things I enjoy and think of nothing else but the present. It takes a load off and I certainly feel ready to tackle a new project the following day.
Communicating with the BFFs
Let it be known that my mother is one of my BFFs! I have no qualms returning home at nights to sit and discuss my day with her over the phone. My other BFFs hear from me at least once a week and we make the best of that time. It takes a load off and the questions they ask often make me reflect on some of the changes occurring in my life.
Learn something new
I am fascinated with languages. Ever since hearing Miriam Makeba’s “Pata Pata,” and Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman’s “Time to Say Goodbye,” I fell in love with the complexity of other languages. French, Spanish, Italian, German and most recently, I met someone who speaks Swahili; and the list goes on! My “something new” is to now familiarize myself with these beautiful languages. I will never become perfect at every single one of them, but it will be so much fun learning about these cultures and the languages.
Most adults work the standard 9-5 and return home feeling exhausted… too exhausted to call up a friend, go out, or do things they enjoy. The worst thing I ever did to myself in the last couple of years is believe that I didn’t have the time to anything but work and complete my studies. I felt dissatisfied and miserable. I changed that during the course of this year (not a resolution, people), and even though I have the same amount of things on my plate, I am very happy with the progress I have made and I am hoping to continue with this when I make the transition to full-time employment.
My advice: SLOW DOWN, and try to enjoy the “little things” that make life worthwhile. Don’t end up dying over things that do not contribute to your self-worth, your self-esteem, or your overall happiness. Don’t let life pass you by.
Nuff Love ~ JGIC
Jodi-Ann is a POTENTIAL GRADUATE in Nova Scotia, Canada.