One of my 2018 resolutions is to learn to rest. I spent most of 2017 working so much, too much even, that I pretty much got burnt out by the end of the year.
It wasn’t easy letting go of the things that kept me busy and gave me a sense of purpose. Though difficult, I decided to take on fewer freelance assignments and give up a position I held in one of the NGOs where I volunteer. I felt like I lost a badge and became irrelevant.
Q1 is almost over, and I can say I don’t regret my decision one bit. It has been challenging to do nothing sometimes, but I can see the benefits already.
Learning to rest has reminded me of life’s simple joys. It has allowed me to spend time with people who truly matter in my life. It has brought me a sense of calm that’s just difficult to achieve when juggling too many things at once. Most importantly, resting has given me the chance to focus and work on myself more.
Though I still sometimes feel guilty for days when I do nothing but rest, I’m learning, little by little, to measure my relevance and purpose beyond the work I do. I’m defining myself as more than my professional titles and achievements. I’m measuring my life in the love I give to myself and others.
Learning to rest has been an incredible gift, and for that, I’m grateful.