A friend once told me that she definitely has ‘good weather anxiety’–even though she grew up in sunny Southern California, she gets a bit depressed when the weather is nice and sunny. I totally get that! I have a strange anxiety when a holiday weekend looms before me. There will be nice weather, I should be outside having Fun, I should be at a BBQ with friends laughing easily and often, I should be enjoying some male company. Why is Fun and Time Off Work so competitive? Maybe I’ve been living in a big city too long.
What I really enjoy doing during a long holiday weekend is taking my time doing errands, eating delicious healthy foods, doing a bit of cooking, reading and writing, exercising, watching sports, watching Netflix–basically all the things I normally like to do during my weekends but spaced out generously.
The other day I spotted a middle-aged woman carrying a backpack with the words “Feel Free”. Hmm, if I were a free woman, what choices would I make? If I didn’t have to do everything perfectly (as writer Julia Cameron likes to pose), what would I do? How can I be free today? this holiday weekend? Free from self-inflicted prisons, such as Fear, Prejudice, Pride, Shame ?