Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Balance

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.

Yuck.

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.

chele

6 comments:

Original Diva said...

I love it Chele! Balance is what keeps us sane and motivated. LOL

This past Saturday I loaded up all my scrapbooking gear and spent TEN HOURS at the local store doing a crop. I had the best time of my entire life. I've got to remind myself to do it more often....for balance.

Sharon said...

Oh how I wish I could sing!!!

What a blessing to be able to...
I had allowed myself to stop writing and to stop reading blogs. As you can see, I have found the time to come back and I am oh so glad I did.

Next on the list is to start playing the piano again and to start my lessons again shortly thereafter.

I've also begun to cultivate some new friendships with people who stimulate my mind to get busy thinking about the world around me and not just the microcosm in which I live. This past Sunday I was invited to a group discussion where everyone was asked to write 3 random topics for discussion on cards for the group at large to pull from a hat and discuss. I almost died b/c I had to pass due to this dastardly flu, but I know it would have been right up my alley and am looking forward to the next time they do it.

Sorry for blogging but I am truly enjoying this LIFE I am creating for myself at long last! :)

Blah Blah Blah said...

I want to learn to play this damn guitar that I have had for a year. I will but for now...I'm just mad because I haven't done it...lol

I can't sing worth shiite...but I heard that as you get better at guitar, you can at least harmonize better.

Bballmom said...

Hi Chele,

I was an avid home garnder for years. I had a winter and spring/summer garden. People always look forward to the veggies I would give out when my garden grew with abundance.

It's been at least 5 years since I've had a garden. I miss it. Gardening kept me sane.

Again, you've go me thinking.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

nice post hon...chk me out if and when u can

Wendy said...

I heard this post loud and clear. I have been putting my writing on the backburner for years. Sing your heart out gurlie. Something else that I've let go. Hmmm...