It’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s lives. A teacher is counting on you – a project for work or school needs to be done. A friend is counting on you – you promised to help her move into her new place. Family members are counting on you – it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving. It’s so easy to add more tasks to our to do list, fit just one more thing into our day, take care of just one more person… but who is taking care of you? I’m not talking about sharing a bottle of wine with a girlfriend while watching The Notebook. I’m talking about the time you take to block out the world, rediscover stable footing, and FEED YOUR SOUL.
Last week I had free time for the first time in a long time. Instead of picking up an extra shift or making plans to study for a big exam coming up, I went out to see my horses. I got in the saddle for the first time in months. And after that hour of being in perfect harmony with another creature, I felt richer than any shift at work would have made me and more prepared to tackle what’s ahead than any study session would have been able to.
It’s easy to get caught up making money and making plans, but it is so important to remember to schedule time for yourself. Maybe it’s a long walk alone in nature where your deep inner thoughts can finally find their voice. Maybe it’s allowing yourself to indulge in a rich meal. Or maybe it’s spending time with animals. There’s a reason they say dog is a man’s best friend and I consider horses to be the best therapists. Whatever it is, FEED YOUR SOUL REGULARLY. It’s one of those riches that money can’t buy.