Saturday, August 8, 2009

Learning to say no

A few months ago, John warned me that I needed to slow down and relax before starting the paramedic program in the fall. As I usually do when people tell me to slow down, I ignored him. I was finishing university, working a lot at my two jobs, volunteering even more and generally running around everywhere doing everything. Who had time to slow down, relax, see friends or even talk to family? Certainly not me!

My hectic lifestyle caught up with me in the form of bronchitis, swine flu, mono, or some combination of the three. After spending 2 months sick, I have decided I should indeed slow down. I need to learn how to say no, how to allow myself time for me. I need to reconnect with family and friends that have been pushed to the wayside in favour of work, school or volunteering. I need to start making time for church and church activities. I need to get back on my bike and rekindle my love of cycling. I need to take time to go for a hike with Ryan and just enjoy his wonderful company.

To start, I'm going camping in the absolute middle of the wilderness for 7 days with Ryan. It's going to be an amazing trip, and I'll come back so utterly refreshed! No technology, no noise, no crowds, no cars - I can't wait! I'm looking forward to life slowing down a bit...I just need to keep saying no to things I don't really need or want to do.