As I move closer towards my vision it becomes more clear - I must take care of myself to be my best.
Taking care of myself equates to weekends of healing - time in the sun, laying down to an old pro wrestling pay-per-view, meditative hour-long beard trimming sessions, love and laughter.
I now avoid weeknight evening gatherings too - sure, there's value in what I choose not to do, but what is the opportunity cost to my next day if I don't get this evening restorative time? The cost is grave.
During these periods of restoration, it is my natural reaction to feel like I should be doing more, or the responsibility obligation. The responsibilities I wish to add to my life is a balancing act. I will continue to challenge everything I do and question whether it supports or detracts from my ultimate vision.
I made things for myself to do for much of my life. I took on responsibilities because I thought I should. I took on responsibilities because I did not value myself enough to take the time I needed or wanted.
If I do not create space, I am not as effective in my day. If I am not as effective in my day, my vision is stifled. If my vision is stifled, I question the shoes I stand in today, rather than question what I control.
I am in control of what I add to my life.
Take care of yourself this weekend. I will be. And my next week will be more powerful because of it.