How a day of pink eye put into perspective my priorities in life and made me realize I need more “me time.”
In the hustle and bustle of my life, I hardly take time for myself. I work full-time, I’m a mom to an active and crazy cute four years old; I’m a wife, the chef of the house, the maid, a dog mom, a daughter, a friend, and I’m attempting to become a blogger. Life is hectic and with all of my responsibilities, I don’t honestly make time for myself.
However, this morning I woke up to pink eye, and it was like the universe was trying to tell me in a bizarre way to take a day to myself. Pink eye is highly contagious, and I had to isolate myself from my husband and daughter. Okay, so maybe the stars did not line up exactly my way because I knew I might get pink eye.
Earlier in the week, I had a sore throat which felt like a stabbing sensation every time I swallowed. I couldn’t handle the pain and went to the CVS Minute Clinic after work. The little girl ahead of me at the clinic was there for pink eye. My guess is they did not sanitize the small office effectively which is how I contracted the eye virus. Once I heard them tell the little girl her diagnosis I jumped to worse case scenario and thought “Great, I could potentially get pink eye.”
Regardless, given the situation, the only thing I could do today was hang out in bed and relax, and you know what, I didn’t realize how badly I needed pink eye. I mean it’s been gross, but it’s unfortunate a sickness is what prompted me to take a day to myself. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a day with no responsibility, nothing to do, and could lay around and be lazy. I needed this day. I now feel relaxed, I am caught up on some shows in my DVR, spoke with one of my best friends, and I didn’t lift a finger, except to make myself a grilled cheese sandwich.
If pink eye has taught me anything, it’s a reminder of how I need some alone time to myself. Sure, tomorrow is going to consist of a lot of chores, catching up with my daughter who I only saw briefly today, and preparing for the upcoming week, but I wouldn’t change a thing about my day, well, except the goopy eye.
What do you do to relax on sick days?