Today is the first real snow of the season for Denver, CO.
It is white, cold, and beautiful outside.
It is Sunday.
It is a perfect day to rest.
I knew when I woke up this morning, that I would be resting. Today was going to be a perfect day to stay inside, drink hot tea and cocoa, read books, and just chill out. My chores are done. I spent yesterday organizing and purging old photos and old stuff. I was motivated, and there was no stopping me.
I realized today that my last few weeks have been a flurry of activity that I have loved. Spending great time with friends. Doing projects that bring joy to my life. In general, just really enjoying life. I have been so happy.
I have also been tired. There have been many days where I am reminded that I can’t go, go, go like I used to. My body needs to slow down every once in a while and rest. It needs to sink into a comfy chair and not move. It needs this time like it needs oxygen.
So, today I rest. I am happily watching it snow. I have had two cups of my favorite tea. I have read a book and started another. I might sew or knit later but I might now. The joy is that I don’t “have” to do anything. I am remembering how to go with the flow. I am listening to my body. I am resting.
Truth is, we all need rest. Truth is, rest looks different for everyone. My rest might be reading a good book. Your rest might be watching a football game or doing a creative project, or coloring. The list could go on. But we all need rest. We need time to get in touch with ourselves again. To remember who we are, what brings us joy, what makes us happy. There is a place for this in all our lives. And it might not be a whole day. It might take a week or just an hour. But we all need it.
I am glad the weather reminded me to rest today.
And this is your permission to stop adulting for one day and go rest yourself. I need it. You need it. Go find your joy and rest.