Every year, I take the short work week after Thanksgiving off as “me time.” This year, I was practically crawling towards it.
As with everyone who is trying to just get through these challenging pandemic times, my 2020 batteries have been burnt to a crisp.
One doesn’t realize how exhausted they are until they have personal quiet time to do nothing.
I had time off with family in the summer and we enjoyed a wonderful roadtrip. But I also had to check into work throughout that vacation.
My goal for this week was no work and just a focus on me, myself and I.
Yesterday, I went for a scenic morning walk at the Scarborough Bluffs, this wonderful nature oasis within the City that is 20 minutes from home.
I parked at the furthest lot and enjoyed a long walk to the beach, passing by the marina.
The Bluffs are always packed on weekends and parking is a nightmare. But on a weekday, it was deserted and parking was free!
Nothing like solar energy, the calming sound of waves and fresh air to rejuvenate oneself.
It was nice to walk the entire stretch of the almost-empty beach, my first time doing so in 31 years of living here.
I reached the pebbled beach on the other end and thought to myself how much T would enjoy picking up the rocks and throwing them into the water.
And then I felt thankful that he was in school so I could enjoy this moment to myself!
The autumn weather was perfect.
I love that I squeezed another t-shirt and shorts day in. I wish this weather could last a bit longer… like until next Spring!
I did a headcount and there were less than 20 people on this vast beach. Mostly older adults and retirees out on a walk. A few adorable dogs. And a woman and her adorable toddler grandson.
After over an hour on the beach, I walked back to the car and headed home. I still had an entire afternoon to myself to just relax.
Parenting, special needs child or not, is exhausting.
This year presented additional challenges, like homeschooling while working, and really tested the hubby and I physically, mentally and emotionally.
That‘s why self care is so important, because I am no use to T if I’m burnt out.
I’m thankful I have the opportunities to take the time off to recharge.
Realistically, I know that we are only about halfway past this pandemic marathon and so it was good to get this break to recharge so that I am ready for the next stretch ahead of us.
And for me, nature is always the magic ingredient to refreshing myself.
I hope everyone is also taking good care and hanging in there!