No More “Shoulding” on Ourselves!

Oh, the time and life wasted on all those “shoulds” and “must do’s” and “have to’s” and so on. Who but ourselves are putting us through all this *sturm and drang? Who says that we have to put ourselves last in every single aspect of our lives? Who demands that we take care of the needs of family, pets, friends, etc. before we even allow ourselves a sip of morning coffee?

Us, that’s who. We started this craziness, and we can stop it. Example: when I get up each morning, I make the coffee, make sure the cats’ bowls are full (both food and water), I pull on enough clothes so as not to get arrested when I go outside to check the stray cat food stations, and make sure that they have fresh food and water. I empty the dishwasher, clean out the sink, and so on.

This week I JUST. SAID. NO. I decided that I would at least sit down and have a decent cup of coffee with the Crankee Yankee and chat for a few minutes. It’s a little thing, but it makes a positive difference. Hey, I made the schedule for myself, and I can change it.

So, that’s my goal for each day: no more “shoulding.” The world won’t come to an end if I take ten minutes to myself before starting the morning routine. I’m in my mid-60’s, I’m retired, and I don’t have to stick rigidly to the schedule that I made for myself.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

*Per Webster’s: “Sturm and drang” was a late 18th century German literary movement characterized by works containing rousing action and high emotionalism that often deal with the individual’s revolt against society, or turmoil.

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