On my birthday, we had a whirlwind of a day! Finished our last day of school in the morning and by 2:30 pm we were in the airport all checked in for our flight to Phoenix to begin our 8 days of vacation. Because it's a 3 hour time change from ATL to PHX, my birthday indeed lasted 27 hours...and I loved every minute of it!
Having missed our normal dinner hour while in flight, we went out to celebrate, once we landed. Needing to find something convenient to where we were, we settled on Ruby Tuesdays. They brought me a plate of cupcakes at the end of our meal...two carrot cake and two Red Velvet. The carrot cake cupcake I had was delicious!
Poor Alex was suffering from exhaustion and a stopped up ear from the landing. Tim, exhausted as well, fell asleep on the way to our hotel, The Wigwam, and didn't even remember getting on the golf cart for a ride to our room from the parking lot even though he was alert enough to walk over to the golf cart himself.
I reminded myself of this recently.
It's not about me at all, this wellness journey I am on to a healhier version of myself.
Not at all.
Never has been, really.
It is about the people who invest in me. My husband. My boys. My family. My friends.
They all share themselves with me. When I am not at my best, I'm not giving them a good return for their investment.
They get the tired looks, the lack of energy excuses, and the wimpy "maybe next time" cop outs. I have come to realize that those that take precious time to invest in me deserve better from me. I need to adhere to the direction given on any flight I've ever been on that goes something like this: make sure your own oxygen mask is properly secured before helping others. If I don't take care of myself first, my ability to care for others effectively diminishes quickly. My choosing clean eating, drinking enough water, and exercising on a daily basis is how I put on my mask first. Am I perfect at meeting the n…