Thursday, February 05, 2009

Skipping Out

Do you remember the feeling of skipping school when you were in high school or college? The small thrill you felt, knowing that you should be doing one thing but for whatever reason you weren’t. The little flutters of anticipation you would get in your stomach of having an afternoon or entire day to do absolutely anything you wanted. The free feeling and the sly smile that you most likely had knowing you were getting away with something that only you knew about.

Lately, my weeknights and weekends have been incredibly busy. I’ve been helping one friend with her sisters shot gun wedding, spending time with another friend who has hit a rough patch, visiting a friend from college and her adorable daughters, doing something with one family member or another, etc. While I am glad that I am able to do all that, sometimes it’s just a bit much. Sometimes I just want to do something for me. Sometimes I let myself be led into doing things I don’t necessarily want to do but feel like I should do. Take this upcoming weekend for instance. I have a few options I’ve been invited to do, that my friends assume I should do. Either option sounds fun and I know I would have a good time at which ever I chose. But at the same time, I’m feeling a bit pulled in different directions.

I made the decision this afternoon that I am playing hooky on Saturday. I’m skipping out on my assumed responsibilities. I’m ditching what people think I should do and instead I am going to do what I want to do. I couldn’t be happier about my decision. The more I think about it, the more spending the day with myself sounds much more appealing. A full day completely for me. I can sleep in late, take myself to a movie, read a book. I can take the dog to the park and we can roam around enjoying the afternoon sun. I can spend the day without watching the clock. As much as I enjoy the company of my freinds and loved ones, sometimes I just need to step away or step out of the situation. I love spending time alone and really enjoy just having time to think. This is truly what I want to do and how I feel I should spend my Saturday.

In the spirit of unaplogetically embracing myself, I’m not going to feel guilty about my decision. I’m giving myself the freedom to excuse myself from the responsibilities that other people think I should have and instead am going to fully immerse myself into the luxury of doing whatever it is I want to do. Making that simple decision has left me incredibly happy. I feel the small thrill of absolute freedom and the little flutters of anticipation in my stomach, knowing that the entire weekend lay wide open before me. Who says adults can’t play hooky every once in a while?

13 comments:

coffee__girl said...

YES! I do this at least once a month or so. It's completely necessary.

Kylie said...

I totally agree with your decision. We all need some time to ourselves to 're-charge'. My husband and I are both almost always off on weekends, but he has to work this Saturday. I am going to watch MY shows on the DVR and whatever else I feel like doing for myself. I can't wait!

Hope you have yourself a wonderful weekend!!

Coconut said...

I have to do that every once in a while, too. I think I feel a "sick day" coming on...

Katie said...

good for you!

the weekend of my very best friend's engagement party was one of those for me: i had promised to drive the 8 hours from louisville to atlanta, but when friday rolled around, i was filled with dread. i had so much to do that the only solution seemed to be calling her in tears. and i realized exactly why we're BFF when she was more upset that i was crying than the fact that i wasn't coming. i ended up spending the saturday night of her party in my pj's, eating random things from my fridge & watching doris day movies. it was FABULOUS.

enjoy you saturday!!!!!

Frank said...

I skipped one of my classes this week so I could spend an extra 2 hours in bed...best 2 hours of my life.

chasinglibby said...

awesome! i am a huge advocate of silence and tlc for yourself, so you have a fantastic weekend doing just that!

Andy said...

I SO need one of these weekends.

And today I skipped 2 hours of class and I went to sleep at the Infirmery. SO DAMN GOOD when you have a cold and you eel like crap.

michellewoo said...

When I moved back to LA a couple years ago and was suddenly near my friends and family, seriously, my weekend calendar was booked solid for months. I'd be exhausted every Monday from all the crazy activities. I've been better these days, saying no much more often. It's a delight. I'd go insane otherwise.

Fritz said...

i used to have a t-shirt that said revisit your childhood, play hookey!
its sorta a mantra and you enjoy all your own time!!

Katie said...

Yay! Good decision. Running yourself beyond exhaustion (or even up to it) is no good.

Enjoy your down time!

MeLaNiE said...

Oh, how I love ME days! I like to call them mental health days :)

Have fun!!

amywhere said...

it's fun to skip a workday and spend the day doing fun skip work day stuff!

Bayjb said...

Good for you girl! You go be irresponsible and embrace yourself. I need to do the same. You're a great inspiration.