This past weekend marked a changing of the clocks, the official beginning of Daylight Savings time. I always look forward to this time of the year because we gain an extra hour of glorious sunlight and more time outdoors which I love. I know. We also lose an hour of sleep but after a day or two I think the trade off is worth it.
For me the first day of daylight savings time coincided with a much needed day trip to Richmond, VA to visit two fab people in my life: my son and his girlfriend. I indulged in booking the train. For those of you who have driven 95 south, you know exactly how bad the traffic can be in that stretch between DC and Richmond so taking the train was a luxury that allowed me to read, to text, to talk on the phone and even to sleep. I took my weekend chores off my plate (because they will always be there, right?) and just spent the day catching up them.
It was a much needed upbeat day spent listening, talking, walking in the bright warm sun and connecting on an emotional level that filled my inner reserves with lots of comforting feelings.
I find when I am with my son and his girlfriend, my energy is changed for the positive. I focus on listening to them tell me about what is happening in their lives and the conflicts and opportunities that happen to them and how they deal with it. I love hearing their take on life for I learn from them. I get out of myself and see life from an entirely different point of view and it helps to give me perspective on my world.
For instance, after trying out a new restaurant for brunch, we leisurely took a walk to the spectacular Richmond Museum of Fine Arts. I can’t tell you the last time I spent time in a museum. I had forgotten how wonderful it is. Unusual pieces of art by Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe and Childe Hassam. Quiet. Peaceful. Relaxing. Exquisite art. Open spaces. Quiet.
Not only did my eye take in new and creative images but my mind slowed down to take it all in.
Going on Daylight Savings Time helped me reset and refresh my inner woman. I find it’s very easy for me to fall into the habit of staying in my usual routine, to work like crazy in my job all week, and then when the weekend comes to always do the errands and stuff around the house that always needs to be done and then start all over again.
NOT! I need a break and I bet you do too! I think taking time for yourself, time to de-stress, time to reconnect to those we care about, is necessary because it gives us new energy, allowing us to feel nurtured and yes, a little bit healed.