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Add Yourself to the Schedule | The Battle for You

by Kathy Kinney

When I was younger I thought living life to the fullest meant I had to be out doing something with someone all of the time.  In fact when I lived in NY during my 20’s my nickname was “the living itinerary.”  I planned all the holidays, the parties and even where my friends and I would spend every Friday and Saturday nights. I was determined to wring every bit of fun and living out of life or die trying.

Realizing that life can be enjoyed completely and gently is one of the gifts of growing older.  Possibly the greatest gift is discovering that the person I most enjoy spending time with is me.  I’m not saying that I don’t still love throwing a big old party or socializing with my friends and family.  I’m simply saying that I have come to enjoy my own company whether I’m sitting quietly or window-shopping at the mall.  I find it to be calming and comforting.

So, I’ve decided that I am going to find time to have an official date with myself every week even if for only 10 minutes.  I’m going to work it into my schedule on Monday and mark it on my calendar.  I will not break this date with myself.  I am fun, loving and a good listener – who wouldn’t want to spend time with me?

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One Response to “Add Yourself to the Schedule | The Battle for You”

  1. I once thought the same thing. When we moved to Northern CA and suddenly I had no friends, my husband working 6 days a week and long hours and very quickly was an empty nester and due to health not working, I thought I was going to go nuts. Then I fought the lonlies, the what ifs, the I shoulds etc and now I am quite ok with being my own best friend. I can go for walks alone just fine, I can shop, go out to eat, even movies on my own and I am ok with it. I think it does bring an inner calm. I would still like to have a best gal pal to go out with, and I love if hubby is home or daughters stop by, but now do not feel I need it to be content.

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