I’ve had a lot of time to think this week as I was laying around feeling sorry for myself and clutching my throat. A lot of time to think about what is important to me. What I like. What my hobbies are. What my interests are.
At first my response was to think, “I’m not really passionate about anything.”
Wah wah waaaah.
Right. We all know that once I decided not to be an actor, I threw myself into an existential crisis. Over it.
The point is that I like a lot of things. And I’m here to tell you that liking things is AOK. Liking things is good. Trying new things is good. I don’t have to be an expert at everything I do. (Says the recovering perfectionist.) Sometimes I can just like things.
Further, I have made a brilliant discovery: I am not my job.
What? You already knew this? Well, really! You shouldn’t be so selfish by hogging all that good news for yourself. Please share next time.
Back to my discovery. I am finally realizing that a job is something that should engage me, challenge me, and feed me (by earning cash dollars). I should not hate it. That would be terrible. But I don’t have to be obsessed with my job either. It’s ok to like it.
I said it.
And I meant it.
This summer, because you know I love making goals, I’m going to try to focus on things that I like. And just let myself like them. Shouldn’t be too hard right?
I like all these things:
- Painting my nails
- Trying new hair styles
- Riding my bike
- Being outside
- Going to the pool
- Reading new books
- Spending time with friends
- Taking thousands of pictures
- Seeing my family
- Being active (running, tennis lessons, yoga, reading on the elliptical – yes I realize one of these things is not like the others)
- Outside happy hours
- Going to the movies
- Going to Nats games
- Lazing around on the couch
- Testing new recipes
- Traveling on short road trips
- Exploring my own city
- Jazz in the Sculpture Garden
- Movies in the park
Looks like I’m going to be busy. :)