I’ll be the first to admit that I messed up. I’ve never had a good memory, so I usually write all my commitments down on the calendar on our refrigerator. It’s old fashioned, but using a real calendar usually works best for me. But from early May on, I somehow managed to get myself very over-scheduled.
You would think that someone who is in the habit of writing things down on the calendar would look at previous commitments before adding another one, but apparently I didn’t. The end result was that the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity with no real downtime. The things I had scheduled weren’t the problem: a trip, a house-guest, a long-term babysitting stint, hosting a few family events, volunteering for a fund-raiser, meetings, dinners, lunches, etc. They were all things I enjoy—just not all in the such a compact time period.
As an introvert who values having some quiet time on a regular basis, I was a little daunted when I realized just how crowded my schedule had become. I considered backing out of a few things, but in the end I decided to simply soldier on. I was the one who had created this situation, and it seemed unfair for me to cancel at the last minute. Besides, there wasn’t really anything on the calendar I didn’t want to do. I just wished I had managed to work a few breaks into the schedule.
In any event, my “busy time” seems to be winding down, and my husband and I are enjoying a three-day weekend with almost nothing on the schedule. I say almost nothing, because I did promise to take my granddaughter to the zoo on Saturday morning. (Actually, one morning I had told her I was taking her to school and she thought I said I was taking her to the zoo, and she very much wanted to go. We couldn’t go to the zoo that morning, but I promised to take her as soon as possible.)
It would have been easy to cancel our visit to the zoo, but I’m not in the habit of disappointing a three-year old. And besides, I knew it would be fun. So we picked her up bright and early and spent a beautiful Saturday morning showing our granddaughter the local zoo. She was thrilled by everything. She loved seeing the animals, riding the carousel, watching the zoo train go by, and even took the time to literally smell the flowers along the path. Honestly, it couldn’t have been a nicer experience.
Looking back on the past few weeks, I’m actually glad that I didn’t cancel any of the things I had scheduled. I got to spend time with old and new friends, help support some worthwhile causes and spend quality time with my family. Yes, I was busier than I’d prefer to be, and I’ll be more careful with my schedule in the future. But sometimes in life, I think we just have to “go for it.”