If there's anything I've learned in the last few years, it's how to pace myself. In the past, even if I had been sick with a cough and a cold, I would have continued to write "regular" posts, whether I felt like it or not. And I would have tried to finish my "to do" list yesterday, even though I was still recuperating and knew I had class last night.
Instead, I decided to write easier posts, and I spent most of the day finishing my homework and then resting. My goal was to be able to attend class, and I accomplished that. And, rather than spending the first 90 minutes of class weeding, I decided I could do that another day, so I just talked with friends and took it easy. And, thus I was able to remain in class for three hours.
While it may seem like a small accomplishment, it's an important one. How many times do we push ourselves when we don't really need to? How often do we criticize ourselves needlessly just because our expectations were unrealistic, and we didn't feel well enough to achieve them?
I don't do that any more. Yesterday was a slower day, but I did get a lot done, and yet I allowed myself to rest, and to feel good about myself even though I was operating at about a third of my capabilities. Last night, I went to bed early, and today I'm planning on resting so that I can heal from my cough and cold, and have a relaxing weekend.
It took a long time for me to learn how to pace myself, and I think it's a solid accomplishment, and one I feel good about!
I hope everyone has a happy and healthy weekend. See you Monday!