Things have a habit of turning up in my life just as I need them most.
I wrote earlier this year about needing some time to myself every so often - not to write, not to work and definitely not to do things around the house. To stop and relax. Less time to myself than for myself. At that point, my thing was Shiatsu therapy - something I still think is amazing.
But not long after writing that post, my Shiatsu lady stopped work. She had a baby. (There's a long history of this happening to me - every time I find someone helpful they fall pregnant.)
Since then, I haven't done anything for myself. And I can feel the difference - mainly in the pain running right down my neck and shoulders from all the stored up tension.
Last week, a flyer was dropped into my mailbox. It got my attention, so I rang the number and had a chat to the lady who answered. This lady runs a business from her home (which is only a few minutes from my place), where she has set up a Pilates studio and offers small classes. They include day-time sessions that - get this! - also have a child-minding service for no extra cost.
I booked in for the next day.
After the class, she asked me to do something for the next session: write down some words about how I felt afterwards. No worries, I said. Easy.
And so here I am, sitting down to do my 'homework'. I took a nice big piece of paper and started writing. But I've stopped already, with the page having just one word on it:
It's so easy to forget how much we need things like this. Whether your thing is a massage, a Pilates or yoga session, a gym workout, a jog or a walk - whatever it might be, it makes you feel that you're worthwhile. That you're important enough to invest some time in.
I must remember this from now on. I need something in my life, just something small, to make myself feel that way.
What makes you feel worthwhile?