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And She'll Have Fun, Fun, Fun....

Posted Feb 11 2009 3:28pm
It's time for a new attitude! I need to get back to focusing on what I CAN do, instead of what I CAN'T do.

I really appreciated all of the great comments you've left on my last blog entry, about having fun. And reading all of them made me realize something. I don't think that having CFS is really my biggest problem when it comes to not having enough fun. My problem is the same as it was before I got CFS: I feel like I should always be doing something productive. So, when I have unstructured time, like on the weekends, I'm always trying to cross items off my to-do list, instead of just relaxing. I feel guilty if I'm not accomplishing something. CFS has actually helped me in this respect; I now accept that there are times when I need to just rest and do nothing. But I still have trouble relaxing if I'm feeling well. And isn't that just silly? Baby Blues, my favorite cartoon, says it best. Maybe this is something all Moms struggle with:

So, I am recommitting myself to my goal of making time for fun each day. And, since I often don't know what to do, if I'm not working down that to-do list, here is my list of FUN things I can do:
  • Take a short, easy walk, alone or with friends or family
  • Play a game with my kids
  • Read for fun (not just at naptime or bedtime)
  • Watch a movie or a favorite TV show
  • Work on a jigsaw puzzle
  • Do a crossword puzzle
  • Play a computer game
  • Call a friend, just to chat, without a purpose
  • Invite friends over for take-out or lunch or dessert
  • Meet a friend for lunch
  • Browse the sales racks at a favorite store, when there's nothing I need
  • Sit on the deck with a book when the weather is nice
  • Go out to dinner with Ken
  • Play with iTunes and discover new music
  • Take a short hike at a local park
So, last evening, instead of burying myself in my laptop as usual, I played games with Craig (pick-up sticks, Pay Day, and Jenga) and worked on a puzzle with Ken. And I had fun!

I know, I know. It's pretty sad that I need to make a list in order to have more fun, but it's progress for list-addicted, over-achieving me! Baby steps.
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