I am 23 years old. I don’t know a lot, but I do know a little.
Over the last few years I have been on a journey of learning what it means to live in community. I have learned lessons about investing in others, listening, encouraging, comforting, leading, and following.
The number one thing I find myself thinking is, “Wow, this is difficult…”
It’s difficult to put others first.
It’s difficult to lead.
It’s difficult to encourage people.
It’s difficult to give advice.
It’s difficult to comfort others.
I often find myself wanting to escape; needing to recharge. This mostly happens because I forget that I have to take time for myself so I can be refreshed.
For me this can be done in many different ways. I enjoy simply going on a walk in hope to clear my mind. Every night, no matter what, I walk to the end of my street to the sewer drain. Some nights I walk quickly there and come straight back. Other nights I take a few laps around the block. I love this time of solitude because it’s my time. I am able to clear my mind and reflect on my day.
So many great things are the result of walking to the sewer and back. This time had lead me to apologize to someone I miss treated, allowed me to realize there is someone I can encourage, and gives me a chance to clear my head. It can also be time to think about choices I have made or decisions I have to make in the future.
Walking to the sewer and back is how I recharge and find the energy needed to live life in community. Living life in a community is demanding and the people around us deserve our best. I think if we are consistently recharged we can start to say, “Wow, this is difficult…but it’s worth it”
Join the conversation:
- How do you refuel when you are drained?
- What benefits do you see from having consistent personal time?