Check out this photo I took last December, when I forced my poor husband to stand beside me in the cold for an hour while I tried attempted to take the perfect photo of a this beautiful Christmas tree. It’s blurry because I was trying for a bokeh effect and yes, I’m absolutely aware that I didn’t achieve that and that it’s not a very good photo.
There’s another thing you should know: while I was taking this photograph and its thousand grainy cousins that I know you’re happy I’m not sharing here, I was absolutely engaged and in the moment. I was oblivious to everything but the picture I was trying to take.
Spending time taking pictures is an activity that truly replenishes and reenergizes me, just the way I see playing music does for my husband. Some of the evenings I enjoy the most with him are the ones where I’m working on photography project while he sits beside me with his headphones on banging the hell out of his iPad on Garage Band.
Do you have something you love to do that leaves you excited and energized afterward? Or something that you really almost need to do because you start to feel a little blah and grumpy if you don’t make time for it? Then today is the perfect day to carve out some time for that thing you love.
I mean that very specifically. Today – December 19th – is the perfect time to carve out some time for your favorite activity. I’m guessing your holiday parties have run their course; at worst, your last one was last night, you dog. If you’re traveling to see family or if they are coming to you, that’s probably not happening for another few days. I’m sure you are, like me at this moment, surrounded by things you should be doing, but perhaps right now you might be able to grab a few moments just for yourself. Is it possible that right now at this moment, there isn’t any one thing that you absolutely have to get done in the next hour?
If yes, then throw down whatever you’re doing and grab your coat. (I’m imagining that you have to leave your house to do this thing you love. If not, then stay right where you are.) Sneak away before anyone notices you’re gone. Take some photographs. Make some music. Run a mile. Get a mani/pedi. No one says your “hobby” has to be traditional! Just carve a bit of time for you do something you love.
And when you get back, everything you left behind will all be waiting on you. But I’ll be here for you too – tomorrow.
This is part of my 31 Days of Holiday Self-Care Challenge. To see all the posts in this series, visit here.