With my profession and my sport of choice being largely solo endeavors, I spend a lot of time by myself. It has it's benefits. I work at home so I have the freedom to create my own schedule. I have deadlines that I have to stick to, but for the most part I run my own show. My kids leave for school at 7am and don't return home until 3:30pm. Lots of time for writing, which is awesome.
I am also a triathlete. Triathlon is my main avocation, and I love it. It's a sport that challenges me, drives me and yet gives me serenity. Sounds crazy, I know but it's true. When I am in training mode, typical workouts of swimming, biking and running are done mainly on my own. It's really quite peaceful.
On my hour+ long bike rides I usually just settle in and pedal. As I've mentioned, I do a lot of brain blogging on my bike. I talk to myself a lot. Out loud. Same story when I'm running. The only difference with the run is, being a music fanatic (I'm addicted to Spotify) during the run I often just lose myself in music. In short, in all three elements I have a lot of time for quiet reflection.
See a pattern here?
When I spend too much time alone, I find myself getting a little itchy. Perhaps a tiny bit bitchy. I thought about it this afternoon, and other than book club Monday evening, my Cycle Studio ladies group workout/beat down Tuesday, grocery shopping at Target today, and evenings with the family (some of which I was working), I've spent the bulk of my time with me, myself and I this week. That's a long stretch of time. I feel a smidgen out of whack.
So I'm reining it in. Tomorrow is Friday, and I'm going to load up the day with people time. Starting with breakfast with the kids, the morning at the gym, lunch with friends, the evening chauffeuring the kids to their social engagements then find some time with my peeps. Re-acquaint myself with civilization.
I'm a city girl at heart. I love crowds, hustle and bustle. Being around people just makes me feel alive. Family and friends are the pulse of my life.
I also love the quiet serenity of an open lane in the pool, a long winding country road to ride and a peaceful trail on which to run. I am grateful that I am able to have solitude and to be able to do the work that I love. Be free to write when I want. In my last post, I talked about balance. Today I'm grateful for the blessing of having quiet Michelle time and a wonderful network of friends to join me in people time. That is balance I can most definitely appreciate.