I am exhausted. Like take a nap at work exhausted (I didn’t BTW). There is no reason for me to be exhausted. None at all, but I am exhausted. I started my day planning my nap.
I woke up this morning so tired. I was also cold. I stumbled out of bed and to the shower. Turned it on so the water, warm in the basement, could travel up the pipes, cold from disuse for the past 24 hours, and be moderately warm when it hit my back as I washed myself for the day ahead. The water covered me with warmth like bed sheets keeping me from the cold December morning. I don’t remember most of my shower. My eyes were burning like I hadn’t slept in days. I felt like the morning after being up all night for finals, a baby who wouldn’t sleep, or any number of other reasons people don’t sleep and feel tired in the morning.
I thought about that nap all day. I left work on time and went to my mom’s to take a nap but instead ended up doing other things. When I left to go get my son at school I napped(-ish) while I waited for him to come to the car. Then headed to target for milk (I have teenage boys, need I say more?). Finally. I get home and to my bed. A nap!
But that was to be put off so I could help get something from the carport and into the basement. Finally, after wanting a nap since 545 this morning….at 455 this evening I get a nap. A laying down, under covers, pillow under head nap. But I could only rest for 20 minutes because I had a wedding rehearsal to go to.
Normally this sort of day would be one to complain about due to having to cram so much into one day. But reflecting on my purpose this month I have no reason to complain.
I get to choose all of those things. I have the luxury of napping. I have the luxury of buying milk for my children. I have the luxury of attending weddings and celebrating beautiful things.
All of this because of a nap. I wanted to just nap. I had the blessing of working with students all day at a job I enjoy. I could quit if I wanted to do so. No-one would track me down if I quit. I would be able to find another job with reasonable ease. I may even make more money at the new job. I am truly blessed.
In case you haven’t noticed I am raising money for IJM to free people from bondage. People who do not have the luxury of showers, warm comfy beds, jobs they want to go to in the morning, weddings to attend, and so many things I often take for granted.
Today’s dress is a repeat. I am already deciding what next year’s campaign will look like. I don’t know if in a year I will finally be brave enough to wear the same dress 31 days in a row. That is a big commitment with all the holiday festivities and teaching high school. Making the commitment this year to participate in the adventure has been eye opening and refreshing for me. I am so glad I am not even half way done and more is yet to come. The writing every day is helping me stay focused to my purpose. If even one person can be freed during the campaign then that one starfish has been saved. I don’t want to take things for granted any more.
That being said, I am still exhausted and I have another long day ahead tomorrow. I am going to bed.