Pink Gas Pump, February 2008 - Nikon D40 with 55 mm lens
I have been on vacation for the past four days and it has been lovely. I did not travel. I just relaxed. I have accomplished a few small projects which had been on my to-do list for far too long. I have allowed myself the luxury of not going and doing 24/7. I have replenished the batteries. I am not back to work until next week, but already I feel so much better than I did before. For a thousand reasons I kept telling myself I didn't have time to take time off. Always working hard to be all things to all people. But now that I am chilling out, I notice how vital this time off has been. The lesson here (I'm always looking for the lessons) is to take the time before I get frantic and anxious.
Taking care of myself, allowing myself a chance to rest and recharge, is not selfish. It makes me better able to take care of others. That is the best thing I can do for the people in my life.
I hope you all, even in this most hectic of seasons, can take a few hours at least to look after yourselves. I promise you, it's worth it.