So we’re a month into the new year, how are those new year resolutions coming along? I make resolutions almost every year and sometimes I do a good job of sticking to them throughout the year, while other times, I fail miserably (I have yet to take a jog or even walk around my car lol). This year one of my resolutions was to “go places.” And I didn’t mean traveling; I meant simply walking outside of my door. I never thought I would have to set that as a goal, despite the number of people who told me being a grown up was tiring. I mean, I’m single with no kids, so the only person I’m responsible for is me. I only have to worry about feeding myself, dressing myself, getting myself where I need to go, and choosing where I want to go. But after doing all of that, I would rather just stay on my couch and that’s where I spent the latter half of 2015.
I don’t have the money. I don’t have the time. I’m tired. I don’t have anyone to go with. I don’t want to do my hair. I don’t have anything to wear. I’m tired. All of these were excuses I used to feel better about spending Friday nights in front of my TV and sleeping in until noon on Saturdays. And I was okay with life… Until I was substituting for a teacher who had all these pictures in her classroom of places she had been, some with friends, some by herself. Perhaps, those pictures were from long ago and her life was as boring as mine, but it inspired me to get up and go! I don’t want to look back in my mid twenties and realize I spent it inside of my apartment. I want to create memories with myself and with my friends and family.
There are plenty of lists on the internet that will give you ideas about places you can go and things you can do. You’re only a Google search away from getting off of your couch. Some of these places, may take a couple of hours to get to (gas is going down, so you’re good). This past weekend I drove an hour and a half to sit in front of a waterfall for an hour and a half and write at a coffee shop, and it was everything I needed. Some of these places you would rather not go alone. Don’t assume no one will want to go. Sometimes we think we have our friends all figured out, so we don’t bother asking, but your friends may surprise you. And even if everyone is busy that weekend, you can still go… By yourself. Why does everyone else get to enjoy you, but you’re not allowed to enjoy you? As awkward as it may seem at first, you will thank yourself later.
For those of you who have families, get the whole family involved. Once a month, commit to doing something out of your routine, rather that’s going to the park on a Saturday morning or to the random festival they’re having in your city. It may be tiring to get everyone ready to go and even to get through the day, but this is a time in your life you will never get back. If your kids are old enough, they will remember these moments, and even if they are not, you will remember these moments and it will be worth it. It may be beneficial to leave the kids with a trusted friend, and you two lovebirds go somewhere.
Go see that play that is coming into town. Take that trip to see your best friend (as long as bills can still be paid). Go to that coffee shop you pass by every day. Go play a game of kickball with your friends. Go see a movie. Go to dinner. Take that girl out who you’ve been eyeing for the past month. Go to that comedy show. Go to the bookstore. Go jogging. Go to the mountains. Just get up and GO!
Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
***Going out of town for church events do not count as “getting up and going.” I enjoy going to my church’s events as much as the next person but, again I say, it does not count :)***