Seems we spend most our time doing what they want to do, and not much doing what I want to do.
As a result, the end of summer is fast approaching and I feel like it hasn't started. At least not for me. How about you?
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computers, had it right. Here's a quote from him.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs
Now, admittedly, he wasn't talking about how you spend your summer days, he had a bigger picture in mind, but why not scale that big picture down?
You need to spend some time doing what you want to do this summer. Otherwise, autumn will come and you won't feel refreshed and ready to go, (that's the purpose of summer, remember?) Instead you'll feel even more exhausted then you were last spring.
You need to carve out time for you. But how you ask?
- get up an hour earlier then everyone else, then use that time for you, not for unloading the dishwasher or doing laundry.
- enlist your kids help - chores are great life lessons and good for your morale.
- your house doesn't have to be perfect, just good enough.
- more people notice clutter then dust - remove the clutter.
Then use the found time to discover what you really want to do.
Remember hobbies? When was the last time you did something alone just for fun? Think back to when you were a kid - what did you like to do? Rediscover a hobby, resurrect it again and see how it makes you feel.
And soon enough the kids will join you in it, but at least it 'll be something you want to do.
And then it will feel like summer to you too.
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