This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 17th, 2020

Many people think the idea of being selfish is a horrible thing. That focusing fully on yourself is something that makes you a bad person, that good people just give and give to others and take nothing for themselves.

This is foolishness.

If all you do is give, you will simply burn out and be miserable.

We all need to be selfish, to take joy and pleasure out of the giving we do. And we do need reciprocation to some degree. Most especially we need to take time for ourselves, to recharge our batteries, to be kind to ourselves, to remember that we are human and get sad and exhausted and just need to do things, small or large, that give us pure pleasure.

That might be traveling, that might be going to the spa, it might be heading to the gym and training till you drop.

Maybe you go hiking into the mountains for a few days, or leave the kids with a babysitter so you can have some alone time.

Or maybe its simply buying some ice cream and 8:30 in the morning because you’re feeling a bit lost.

It was really good ice cream, magnum classic, always hits the spot. I might even get a second one when I go out again.

We all need to be a little kinder to ourselves, and whatever you need to do to feel good, so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else, is nothing you need to feel ashamed for, or justify to others.

Do whatever makes your inner child feel a little joy in your day, even if only for a moment.

Then go out and be awesome again.

Remember to stay healthy, and let your geek freak fly folks!

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