Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, January 22nd, 2014
Apparently, as I have gotten older, I have become a bit set in my ways. I enjoy routine. But sometimes I need to remind myself to step out of routine so I don’t miss out on the important stuff.
Throughout my 20’s and 30’s I have gone on an annual beach trip with three of my best girlfriends. In the early years (pre kids and husbands, and ex husbands), we would throw stuff in a bag, crash on the couch and our biggest concern was who was bringing the brownies and libations.
As we got older, the needs and wants became more pronounced. Needing to work around kids’ schedules, and those of our budding careers. We all wanted to sleep in an actual bed and the wine needed to be well, above the bottom shelf.
It has been several years since our last beach trip (although we cannot agree on how long it has been) and we decided this was the year to start the tradition up again. We have talked about it, and talked about it, and talked about it. We talked about all needing our OWN bed, a house with enough room for us to have some “space”, and trying to coordinated 4 schedules, 4 different jobs, 9 kids, and 3 husbands, well…needless to say, we are still talking about it.
But as I sit her texting my girlfriends about dates and plans, and condo rentals I realize this. Being set in my ways is not going to accomplish finding my much-needed time with my friends. My kids can survive without me shuttling them to and fro for a couple of days, and my husband can open a can of soup for dinner. My tennis team can win without me and my amazing clients will understand a schedule change. I want my girlfriend beach trip back!
This has been a good reminder to remember what is important. And although I have gotten set in my ways in my “old age”, I do not want that to get in the way of what is important to me. I love my routine, but I need my friends too. So I’m packing my comfy sweats, my kale soup and a really good bottle of wine and hitting the coast with my buddies.
I’m feeling more relaxed already.
Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT
Certified Health Coach
"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".