This past weekend was a rarity. For the past couple months it’s been a compilation of hectic days, working on the weekends, overwhelming paperwork, and a few of life’s ironic twists thrown here and there. So this past weekend was a breath of fresh air, filled with birthday celebrations (one being my youngest sister’s 21st) and where I really learned the importance of putting things on hold. I’m constantly on my iPhone either checking for emails, updating my Instagram, or checking statuses on Facebook. I spent Sunday on Catalina Island and even though it was only an hour (by boat) away, that separation from the mainland was exactly what I needed. I finally had the chance for some much-needed R&R, and even though I still dreamt about work while napping on the beach, I made a mental determination to force myself to put all of my work on hold. Because really, there is nothing that pertinent that can’t wait till Monday morning.
In life, we always throw out the excuse of being “busy.” Where did all of this busy work come from? Feeling burnt out in your twenties is actually quite common nowadays, not to mention quite sad, and we often ourselves are the biggest culprits! It’s a work-in-progress, but I’m learning to leave work to be a Monday to Friday state-of-mind. We need to learn to carve out times for ourselves, to enjoy a beer on the beach, indulge in some well-deserved calories, and just learn to exist and just be. Or in my case, chaturanga with the seals of Catalina! Many of us have this wonderful drive to succeed, but we need to slow down and learn to take the scenic route from time-to-time. Let’s focus on the journey and worry less about the destination – because we will get there.