The hubbend and I have conversations occasionally about the past and how things might have gone differently. Like, what if we hadn’t left Colorado? What if we hadn’t met? What if we hadn’t had a child?
I assert that leaving Colorado was the best decision of my life. And if we hadn’t had a child I have to wonder if I would still be a Library Media Specialist for the Harold Oliver Intermediate School going on my fifth year now.
One of the questions on the Health History consultation is: when was the time you felt best in your life. I confidently state it is now. Why? Because I have finally learned how to take care of myself. At 35 I feel the fittest, happiest and most fulfilled I have ever felt. Which is why I found myself thinking about the past this morning. If I were a LMS at HO would I have learned all I have about my body and it’s potential in the past 5 years? Is there something about having a child that, ironically, has taught me how to take care of myself? Interesting that being a mom could teach me to have better self care in that this is the time most mom’s neglect themselves.
How do you take care of yourself? I do it through exercise, but that is something that has developed over the years. Yes, I have always exercised. First, to make sure I was in shape enough to play soccer and then just because it was what I did. Now, I get so much more from it. I do laps in the pool and instead of being bored I find myself solving problems. I run and get to spend time with friends or just enjoy the fresh air. I practice yoga in a healing space that grounds me yet allows me to fly. It is more than cardiovascular now. It is spiritual. Weird. Cool.
So I ask again, how do you take care of yourself? And if you don’t know, pleaseplease think about it. And then build it into your day.