I really don’t like the word rush. Even seeing it tonight, creates a little bit of a flutter in my gut. It makes me uneasy like something uncomfortable might happen. I never did like to be rushed. I like to do things in my own time, my own style, not to be forced into a certain method or a timed test….this five minute Friday activity sometimes even feels like a “timed test.”
Remember those timed tests in typing class or on those dreaded ACT tests in high school? UGG! I was a ball of nerves and never did well on those! If I set my own goal on myself, then I am very competitive and I work overtime to meet it. If it’s pressure I put on myself, I can do it. If it’s pressure from someone or something on the outside, it makes me feel pushed.
I like the idea of not being rushed. The ideal type of thing for me, is to sit at my desk at home, or in my over-stuffed chair, on in the boat, creating or typing the latest projects on my mind. I like quiet and calm.
I’m very thankful not to be in the rush-a-day world I was in when I was teaching. I was constantly behind. They say that teachers might have “school dreams” even after retiring. I actually did the other day! I had a dream that I was NOT ready for school, the kids were coming in, I was running through the halls, not knowing where the reading books were, and I wasn’t ready for the reading groups. The bell was ringing! The kids were arriving!
Now I set my own hours and pick the activities I want to do. I like to take it slow and think things over. I work on lowering my stress wherever possible. I’m learning to say no to more things and do a few things well.
What is something that makes you feel rushed? What do you do to lower your stress?
You can read other stories about the word “rush” or even write and post your own story here. https://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/08/30/fmf-link-up-rush/
Doing things at your own pace is always a winner!
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hi myrna, it was nice to meet you on your blog since you visited me on mine:) that’s one of the things i’m enjoying about retirement…slower pace of life. it’s a nice adjustment:)
Oh yes, Myrna! I can relate to this. I still have dreams where I’m the student and rushing to a class because there is a test, and I haven’t been to class all semester! Sadly, I think I work well under pressure so sometimes I procrastinate and then feel rushed. I’m not saying that’s healthy but that’s what I sometimes do. I am going to work on this! I’m right next to you on FMF. So good to see you here!