But then I woke up too late to go to church. So I turned back around and went to sleep. And before I knew it, it was noon and I hadn't gotten out of bed for the day, save for the seven minutes it took me to make Aiden a quick breakfast.
Then, I decided that I'd do some work. After all, I have several deadlines approaching and my review of Mother Africa, which was all kinds of cool by the way, was still fresh in my head. So I told myself that in a half hour, I'd get up and knock out a few assignments.
By 1pm, I was lying in bed watching Law and Order: SVU on Netflix. By 2:30pm, I was whining to The Guy about how I'd been lazy all day, and even though I had so much to do, and there was so much that I could have done, I did nothing all morning. He reminded me that it is, in fact, okay to take one day out of my exceedingly busy life to do absolutely nothing. And that I shouldn't, for a second, feel badly about it.
(Yes, I just called The Guy "Babe" on this here website. Yes, I have some updates for you all. Yes, it's coming soon. Patience, my friends. Patience.)
By the end of the night, after watching about five more episodes of SVU, taking a break only to eat, read with Aiden, and chat with The Guy, I was feeling all kinds of refreshed and ready to kick this week's ass. That's when I thought of all the great reasons to take the day off and do absolutely nothing. All. Day. Long.
1. It re-energizes you in a way you never thought possible.
No matter how much I work out or how many times I take time to remind myself of my calling and purpose, nothing refreshes me more than taking time out to do absolutely nothing.
2. It allows you to re-group and re-think priorities in your life.
No doubt about it, I'm always taking care of career-related business -- even when it leaves me stressed out and stretched thin. But taking time to chill with loved ones is absolutely priceless. And, not to mention, it is business too.
3. It's enjoyable.
Don't get me wrong, I'm more of an always-on-the-go type of person. Aiden and I always have something planned over the weekend or on our days off. In fact, on those days, he'll wake up in the morning, and say, "Let's discuss our plans for today. What are we gonna do?" I love exploring NYC with him and experiences new things and new cultures, but hello... sometimes you just gotta enjoy a pajama day in the comfort of your own home. And that's quite alright.
4. It helps you to reflect and re-focus your vision and goals in life.
In the midst of doing absolutely nothing, I was able to be still. And think about all that I've accomplished this year as well as all that I still want to accomplish in the future. Doing nothing is a great time to allow you to meditate and map out your next move.
Truth is, I won't have another "do nothing"day for a while, but at least I was able to experience a much-needed chill day this past weekend.
What do you guys like about "do nothing" days?