Having a day off in the middle of the week is a misnomer. A ‘day off’ implies you aren’t working. I don’t know about you but when I have a “day off” it is full of shoulds. I should clean. I should do laundry. I should cook. I should finish that project or I should start that project. I should paint the basement. I should do everything that I don’t do when I am working. A day off may imply I’m not going to the office. But it never implies I don’t have something to work on.
I nearly did just that today. I almost filled my day with work. I almost talked myself out of taking advantage of a sunny and warm October day. Because there was so much I should do.
One thing I am correct about, on a day like today, I should fill it with something I don’t do when I am working.
So that’s exactly what I did. I took one of my single speeds. A protein bar and some oatmeal snack bars, home made I might add. A couple of drinks. And left the shoulds. And grabbed hold of “I wanna”.
And look at what I would have missed if I had done what I should have.
There is an incredible feeling I get by controlling my life, controlling my bike, making decisions that get me through my day. The best way I possibly can.
Okay, I did do some laundry, I did clean some floors, I did cook a batch of stir fry, I did run on the treadmill, I did do some TKD practice, I did all of these things. But only until I realized I didn’t want to fill my life with things I wanted to do, but didn’t. I don’t want to go to work tomorrow and sit at my desk looking at my computer and think I should have gone on a bike ride yesterday.
There is a difference between “shoulds” and “should haves”.