It is amazing how exercise can clear your mind. This morning I woke up and went for a short run. It was hard to get up this morning, because I was so tired. And, I really wasn’t motivated to do any form of exercise. However, my friend, Nicole, wanted to go on a coffee run and asked me to text her when I got up. We run to a local coffee house, order our beverages, and walk back home. Because she was waiting for me to text her, I got myself up. I highly recommend an exercise buddy who can motivate you to get moving.
I texted Nicole, but I got no response. I thought she had left without me. So, I went ahead and did the coffee run by myself. I was glad I did. I have been stressed out lately with my classes, work, and the holidays coming up. It felt good going for a run. It was a perfect morning. 68 degrees and sunny. I just ordered my coffee when Nicole texted me. She had just seen my text and wondered if I still wanted to go for that run. I told her I was already finished and was headed home. She was sorry she missed me, but she made herself a cup of tea and walked to meet me. We walked the rest of the way home together.
Now I need to get some laundry done, go to the grocery store, and finish my homework. I also need to make my Christmas cookies and get my Christmas cards ready for mailing. It’s a lot to do, but I am not stressed about it. Thanks to my run and my coffee.
This morning, I shared a poem with my students that pretty much explained how I feel at this time of the year. The poem is entitled, I Am Running in a Circle, by Jack Prelutsky.
I am running in a circle
and my feet are getting sore,
and my head is
as it’s never spun before,
Oh! I cannot bear much more,
I am trapped in a
. . . volving
. . . volving
. . . volving door!
The poem is funny because the person is trapped in the revolving door and is going around and around in circles. But, this poem also describes how I feel during this busy time of year. There is so much to do in so little time. This week alone I have two band concerts and a PTSA meeting to attend, a field trip to go on with my class, and a Saturday class for my administrative credential. I have yet to mail out my Christmas cards, and I am not finished with my Christmas shopping. Don’t remind me that I have to wrap these presents, too. Oh, and every year I make cookies for my friends at work. I don’t know when I am going to get to that. Sometimes I feel like a hamster running on a wheel. I am running all over the place and not getting anywhere.
My friend (and neighbor) gets her shopping done early. But, she shops for people all year long. One of these days I will get it together and manage to be organized. For now I will have to live with that dull pain in my neck and back due to stress. I guess I should just appreciate the moment. However, in all honesty, it will be a relief when the holidays are over. Then, I can get off the hamster wheel and relax.