I’ve been weird lately. The past six weeks has been a whirlwind leaving me feeling overwhelmed, tired, unproductive and over-committed. I knew it was time for what I call an “introverted weekend
“. I needed downtime to catch my breath, hangout with myself, and reflect on the past six weeks. And that’s exactly what I did.
Saturday was spent cleaning my apartment, decluttering my closet, catching up with an old friend, and watching Drop Dead Diva. I didn’t open my calendar or agenda, I didn’t look at a to-do list and certainly didn’t check emails. Now that I think of it, I didn’t even leave my apartment. I was totally anti-social and totally loving it.
Sunday (today) was different. I wanted to do something active but didn’t feel like the gym or a run. It was a gorgeous day in the city so I put on my best runners, some lulus and a ton of sunscreen, loaded my iPod with a new audiobook, and headed for a walk along Toronto’s Harbourfront.
I’ve never listened to an audiobook before, have you? I am typically not an auditory learner, but I really don’t make time for reading in my everyday life, so I figured I’d try some multi-tasking. I ended up falling in love with the first few chapters of Kelly McGonigal’s The Willpower Instinct – How Self Control Works, Why it Works, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
I was surprised at how well I followed along. Usually when I am left to listen without a visual, my mind wanders and I can’t pay attention. This was different – I got lost in the message as I was taking in the gorgeous day.There’s so much activity along the Harbourfront on a hot summer day. While I was sweating away, I couldn’t help but feel envious of the boaters on the water. I’m not talking about the big yachts, I’m thinking of the people in their tiny canoes and kayaks, the ones touching and feeling the water.
This man made canoeing look effortless. I was brought back to my childhood days at camp, where we spent hours in these tiny boats, paddling until our arms were exhausted, splashing water on our sun-burt arms and hands. We’d sing songs and tell jokes as we paddled to our destination where we set up tents and roasted marshmallows on a self-made fire. Experiences like that don’t exist in my world anymore. It was refreshing to go back there.
At about 7.5km and 1.5hrs into my audiobook, I stopped at a little spot on the water.
It was about time I stretched my hips and hamstrings – it’s been a while since I’ve walked this kind of distance just for leisure and was really feeling it in my body.
I can watch the water for hours. But I sat for about 15 minutes before deciding to head back.
On that homeward walk, my hips were tight and my feet were getting tired – I can’t believe how out of shape I have let myself become. But I powered through. Perhaps listening to a book on Willpower made the journey easier?
When I got back to my starting point, I stopped by the Hot & Spicy Food Festival that was happening just behind my apartment building. I grabbed myself some lunch, sat on a bench and people-watched for a good 20 minutes.
When I got home, I laid out a yoga mat and stretched my achey-ness away. Shortly after, I showered and dressed then headed to my parents’ to spend the rest of the day with my family.
I feel calm. Rested. Recharged.
This was my perfect introverted weekend.
Hope you all had a good one too