I'm not what you would call a social butterfly. Well, not anymore. When I was in my twenties I lived for the parties. The only reason I had a job was so I could afford the party. I had my work life and I had my much more active social life. Somewhere in my thirties all that changed. I only had a work life and I used my time at home to rest and rejuvenate to prepare me for the work life. I know that living for the party is not the way a responsible person lives, but at least back then I had some balance. Today, I spend the majority of my time with people that I would never choose to spend time with. I love my job. I love the work that I do. But if given a choice I would not spend quality time with these people. That's why I need balance. I need to get back out there and spend time with people of my choosing. People that I love, people who care about my well being. That's part of the reason why I got back on stage on Saturday night. I stopped singing last summer when I took this job because of all the traveling that was involved, I just couldn't see how to fit it in. Well, I stopped traveling in September but by then my routine of working and coming home had been established.
So on Saturday, I took to the stage. Next to my guy on guitar, with no rehearsal and I did my thing. Tracy Chapman, John Mayer, Diana Krall ... I had the best time. Looking out at the smiling faces of the folks who know me and actually missed me. I've got to make time to do this on a more regular basis.
What is it that you love to do but haven't made time to do?
Make the decision to make the time and give yourself some balance.