I recently went off the deep end. After last week’s post about swimming, you probably think this is more of the same. Think again!
I couldn’t resist this photo from 1953, although she seems happy, relaxed, and nowhere near the extreme state I was in during the month of June.
While not officially retired, I had been out of the workforce for almost two years when I was offered a short-term work opportunity. Although I knew it would be a very demanding couple of weeks, I figured I could survive anything for 5-weeks. Hah!
Now I’ll add here that I’m not expecting anyone to feel sorry for me – I know how lucky I am to be able to be “retired” at my age. Nonetheless, I had a wake-up call to reconsider how I want to live for my next phase of life.
I am known for tackling tasks with energy and enthusiasm. [Insert laugh track of my family howling at that understatement] O.K., I am known for being somewhat obsessive. That is what this post is about – trying to keep one’s balance when things overwhelm us.
While it is true that my temporary job had an unbelievably short timeframe, the job is not what woke me up at 3 am, mind racing, assessing the tasks needed to be completed in the short- and long-term. I should have recognized the need to make changes so that I could get a full night’s rest. I’ve always needed more, rather than less, sleep. Sleep deprivation if not corrected leads to health problems – physical and mental. See fellow blogger Saisha’s post: 8 to Be Great.
I really do want to be employed again. But my recent stint reminded me while I love being engaged and purposeful, I don’t think I want to be consumed by my work any longer.
The next time I find myself wound up like a top, I’m going to step back and evaluate what is within my control to change, and try to address it. Heck, I’ll probably obsess about it!
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