Sunday, June 10, 2012

Stream of Consciousness Sunday - Old habits die hard

One of the things that many travelers hope for is a renewal of self when we move to another country. We hope that somehow, magically we will shed all things old and become all things new. This is true to some extent, but in the past week or two I've been reminded that old habits die hard. That in order to reinvent yourself you have to work hard at it. It's anything but magic. The magic comes from having the guts to be out of your comfort zone and somewhere new and experiencing those travel moments where everything is new and exciting and special. But, since I started working full time again a few weeks ago I have been going non-stop and suddenly I realized - I have just the slightest tendency (okay maybe a big one) to overdo it. Last week in my Sunday post I talked about balancing work and life. This is sort of a continuation of this theme. Somehow I think I can do everything and still take care of myself. I just love so many things, I love people, I want to give my all to all of it. I want to be good (or even great) at everything I do. I want to be the perfect friend, the perfect girlfriend, the best blogger, the perfect aunt, the best market research decoder (my latest new job), the best English teacher etc. etc. But you know what? You can't do it all. Or at least you can't do it all and not completely crash at some point. You can't make everyone happy either. You gotta make you happy. You have to be okay with saying no to things, disappointing people, letting a few things go. It's okay. Just always remember, "Wherever you go, there you are."

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

1. Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
2. Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
3. Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
4. Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post.
5. Link up your post. 6. Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.


Maja said...

:) True words.
I do hope you can still find some time for a stress free after work drink :)
Maybe sometime this week?

Liebste Grüße,

Kristi said...

An stress free after work drink sounds just great to me! A perfect way to balance the craziness. :)