Life is weird right now.
The last time I didn’t have a job I had three children at home with me. They were 8, 9, and 11. The activities of my life were ordered around their needs and desires. A typical day would have been structured around three meals at appropriate times, outdoor activities, reading, playing, caring for the house, and personal hygiene. I didn’t have much wiggle room. If I wanted to do something without children, I had to do some coordinating with my husband, who was very cooperative, or arrange playdates with friends.
It’s a whole new world in 2014.
Chester doesn’t demand much. At the moment, he is curled up at my feet under the desk where I am writing. He’s been feed and watered. So, now the day is mine to do as I please. Hmmm. Interesting.
I have shared that I have established a routine to start my days. My husband informed me this weekend, in his counselor’s wisdom, that ‘establishing routines is one of the best things you can do during a transition’. Thanks, dear. Most days include Bible study, blogging, exercise, reading, my favorite Netflix show, and some socializing.
In order to keep track of how I am doing medically, I have obtained an app that tracks my diet, exercise, social interactions, rest, and symptoms. Each day I record all the data and the app charts my ‘self-management’ and the ‘arthritis impact’. It’s actually quite fascinating. The app has confirmed that I am doing some of the right things to minimize my symptoms, but reminded me that I could be doing more.
One of the most striking realizations from this app is that social interactions are very important to my well-being. Who knew? I realized that diet, exercise, rest, and medication played a part, but hanging out with people? Casually?
For the past ten years, I have squeezed in some socializing on the fringes of my very busy teaching and parenting schedule. In spite of my combat mode, God did bless me with some great people who met me where I was and endured the ‘current state of affairs’. I am not sure they would recognize me at the moment. I joke that I have gone from type AAA to a casual type B. I used to be at school before 7:00 am, dressed and pressed, in order to get my ducks in a row. Now it is not rare to find me still in pajamas at noon! I may have already done my Bible study, blogged, and straightened the house, but I’m still not ready to greet the public.
But today is different! Today I have not one, but TWO, social engagements!!! I mean, I’m just trying to improve my health here! This morning I am meeting a new friend to go walking. This afternoon I am meeting a dear friend who I haven’t seen in ages! I know, I know, I was supposed to go grocery shopping and mail a couple of packages, but, guys, it’s for my health!
In all seriousness, I feel so blessed to have this season of transition, this grace period where I have room to breathe, time to think, and freedom to socialize. I am extra blessed that God has plunked me down in a space where I can connect with friends, new and old. And, really, the groceries can wait.
I John 4:11
Dear friends, since God loved us,
we also ought to love one another.