Real talk: One of my biggest pleasures in life is productivity. Is working towards a goal. Is crossing out the daily check list. And if you allow me to brag, I do a pretty great job at it. Some days nearly all my time is productive somehow. I use a daily, weekly, and monthly calendar to track my accomplishments or lack thereof, and go to sleep content that I've made progress towards my all-time goals, my dream of a life I'd like to have.
But then sometimes... I wake up to a day, where I don't want to produce absolutely anything. When I am spent. Burnt out. And all I want is to break every rule of my own making and make my day a day of total rest. Of escaping into a television show - a kind that I can't even learn from because it's mind numbing, and I don't even feel for because the acting is atrocious. You know the kind. It's not a soap or reality show for me, but a formulaic 'Law & Order' type of show does the trick. Thank you network television for giving me that very specific type of escapism for my day of rest! And I go to sleep exhausted from a day of binge watching and being absolutely useless. I don't even cook for myself on my day of rest. And if I manage to take off my make-up at night - that's a huge achievement in my day of rest.
My day of rest doesn't happen on a Saturday or a Sunday. It also definitely doesn't happen every week (or I would like it too much and wouldn't be able to be productive ever again). No, MY day of rest happens out of the blue, unannounced, whenever my body tells me '"Just let it go, girrrrl. Don't work out today. Don't wash your hair. Don't write or work on that audition. Don't clean the house like you are supposed to. Don't do anything. Just watch something and dissapear. And maybe play video games also because let's face it - video games take first place in the escapism route."
My day of rest just happens. And I let it happen.
Because self-care is more important than any goal I'll set up.
Self care gives me the healthy mind, body and soul to reach my goals.
A day of rest is essential to get any work done, ever.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman