2012 promises to be an eventful year. In sporting terms, London will host the Summer Olympics for the third time (I’m hoping that Roger Federer will win the gold medal at his beloved Wimbledon) whilst the European Football (Soccer) Championships will be held in Poland and Ukraine (I’m betting on the Netherlands of course!). As the year progresses, we will find out whether the Euro will survive the current crisis, if a potential showdown in the Gulf can be averted, who will be the next President of the U.S.A. and if the world will end as the Mayas have predicted. There will be much to think about as well as new challenges and opportunities to consider in addition to carrying on with our daily lives. As the world spins around us, it’s important to step out of the whirlwind of information and activities from time to time for some precious ‘me time’.
Spending time on me
I strongly believe that in order to be the best person we can possibly be for our families, friends and communities, we need to take care of ourselves first. This entails feeling good about ourselves both mentally and physically. Allotting time to the care of our personal well-being is the key to achieving a healthy balance in our often busy lives. We can use this time to do whatever we want or nothing at all. It sounds wonderful yet, funnily enough, I know many people who simply fret the idea of spending a day or more with nothing on the agenda and certainly without a mobile device. “Why throw yourself into a void when time is so precious?” is a remark I once heard.
So, if you feel you’ve been neglecting yourself lately, here’s the challenge for 2012: allocate sufficient me time, unplug and be creative in how you use that time to enjoy yourself. Indulge yourself in a spa or a day of nothingness on a beach, strike up a conversation with someone you see often but have never chatted with, have a meal at your favourite restaurant and savour each mouthful just a tad longer, meditate on a mountain peak or embark on a solo trip. Tickle your senses. Be adventurous. It’s up to you.
And when you return, I’d love to know what you did, what it felt like and if you learned something new about yourself during your me time – that goes for the professional ‘me-timers’ out there too – so I can learn from you. Feel free to leave a comment below or email me.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012 … and remember
go explore. experience. and be inspired.