You sit there listening to someone speak and then your eye begins to twitch. You realize you haven’t had a full night’s sleep in months. The everyday stress of the job pulls you down, you’ve been struggling with the kids’ school- trying to make sense of random math problems, you try to be a good wife- but truthfully exhaustion overtakes your body in a similar fashion as a parasite. Frankly, you’re simply exhausted.
There’s really nothing that can be done about it. You need to ask yourself, what brings me joy? For some, it’s the sweet scent of a bubble bath. Their body feels relaxed as the candle flickers. The music is soft and easy, perhaps some jazz instrumentals. Their hair is pulled up and they just bask in the warmth of the tub.
For others, the idea of sitting in their own bath water is repulsive. They may enjoy a hike through the woods. They listen to the birds chirp and the soft crunch of the leaves. The smell of damp soil permeates the air. They feel rejuvenated watching the water ripple in the stream.
Some have allergies and hate the outdoors. For them, their joy comes from cutting out random pictures and adhering them to different types of paper as they paint logos or place letters to the piece. They are energized by the glue that sticks to their hands and the vibrant colors from their art.
Some, hate for their hands to get dirty. They may enjoy swaying to the soft music that fills the home. They may hear the different notes and feel the emotions of each musician as they place their solo so vehemently. They listen intently to the background music and are able to catch instruments that others can’t hear or they don’t pay attention to.
It doesn’t matter what brings you peace. The only thing that matters is that you don’t forget to take care of yourself in the chaos of life.