Hello! Mrs. Saturday here. These last few months have been eye-opening and have made me want to live in the present as much as possible. So much so that I have this urge to drop everything with Mr. Saturday and go live in the mountains, or on a boat! Ok, so this might appear to be a mid-life crisis, but hopefully I’m still too young for one of those.
I think you all would agree that nothing affects your life more than your health. Without your health, well, there is nothing else. So my life was turned upside down when I sprained my ankle a few months ago. Thank goodness it was only a sprained ankle, although apparently a clean break can often heal more quickly. In any case, it still knocked me off my feet (literally) and it’s been a slow recovery.
Without being able to do all the things I love, like dancing, hiking, and traveling, and even the things I don’t love but have come to appreciate, like cleaning, driving, and running errands, my life came to a stand-still and I had a lot of time to think. I never realized how much I took for granted just being able to walk. It’s amazing how much this can change your life. I have a feeling many of you can relate and recall some time in your life that has shocked you into taking a good hard look at what you want in life.
I know this may seem so minor in the grand scheme of things, but I believe I will look back at this time in my life as a major turning point. During the last few months, I have longed to be able to live a life full of meaning, purpose, and happiness. What’s interesting is that my definition has changed over the course of the last three months. At the beginning, I just wanted my life back. I wanted to get back to moving up the ladder in Corporate America and to what I thought was a fulfilling career. Now I’m not so sure it’s my career that will help bring meaning to my life. So what changed? I suppose it’s been an accumulation of events and signs that have left me wanting more out of my career and out of my company. For one, Corporate America is fast-paced so you need to be able to keep up. It’s just not a warm and fuzzy environment to work in when you’re expected to produce increasing results, even at the expense of your own well-being – either physical or mental.
Mr. Saturday and I get excited about planning for our future, but I’ve recently been realizing the importance of living the life you’ve always wanted right now, well, at least to the best of your ability. The bills still have to be paid, and we still need to be able to save for retirement, but I’d like to start incorporating things into my life now that make me feel whole, and make any necessary changes that will help de-stress my life. Travel is important to us, and we certainly try to maximize our allotted vacation time. We’re also weekend warriors. Sometimes it’s more simple changes in our day-to-day lives that will make the most difference, like cleaning out a closet or the garage. Since we spend more of our lives working for a living, that’s something I’ll be reevaluating. Questions I’m asking myself are “What kind of company would I be happy working for?” and “What type of environment is best for me?” Perhaps I just need to put my foot down (once my ankle heals) and insist on taking a 15-minute break or a lunch hour. After all, what helps me enjoy and take pride in my job will also make me a more focused employee.
So while I have the urge to run for the mountains, I just need to make some adjustments in life. In the coming months, I’ll keep you posted about what brings meaning, purpose, and happiness to my life and how I plan to integrate more of that into my daily life so that I’m living in the present while planning for my future.