You do you boo

I’m back. I realised that I lied in my last post about spamming you guys with blog posts after being sick. I didn’t lie on purpose; I had every intention of spamming you guys with blog posts but unfortunately, the sickness took over and I was left bedridden and unhappy.

Now, after two months, I finally feel well enough to get my life back on track. And part of that is getting back to blogging.

Let me tell you, when you’re sick, particularly bedridden, you’re left with a lot of time to yourself to think, worry and stress about things. I chose to view it as an opportunity to reprioritise my life and think about what’s actually important to me. I thought I’d share with you the top three things I learnt and am vowing to keep in my top three priorities.

Work is not important

I repeat, work is not important. Sure having money is lovely but at the end of the day, you need to think about you and make sure you’re well and happy before you commit to your career.

I know this seems like quite an obvious point but I’ve always been a high achiever so I ended up working long hours just to try and please and get results that are beyond 100%. A recurring theme from feedback I’d get from my managers is that sometimes 80% is perfect and I should accept that. Weeeeell, took me getting sick to learn that lesson.

Last week was my first week at work and I’ve been taking it easy. I’m slowly learning that I don’t need to stress myself out in order to get brilliant results. And I don’t need to break my back on overtime that’s basically unjustified. Like my last manager used to say to me, sometimes 80% is good enough so learn to accept that when you’ve given it your all and done your best, that’s all you can do and that’s all someone should expect of you.

You should be your number one priority

Another obvious one, but I think sometimes we need to be reminded that we should be looking after ourselves and making sure we’re our number one priority. Because let’s be honest, it’s unlikely that we’re anyone else’s number one priority. Sometimes life gets a bit crazy and we forget. And I know I’m not the only one that forgets!

Remember this is the only life you’ve got to live and it’s hard to live it to the fullest when you’re unwell. Trust me, I know.

Go home early, have that bath, buy that scarf you’ve been eyeballing for a thousand years, ask that girl that makes your coffee every morning out… (okay getting carried away). My point is, make sure you do you boo.

Life is short

A recurring theme in all these points but it’s true. Life is so damn short. Remember when you were younger and you thought life was moving so slowly and you just wanted to grow up and make your own rules and do all these awesome things? And then you finally grow up and you’re like “oh shivers, now I’m running out of time to do all those awesome things cause time is moving so fast”.

Yeah well my friend, time is moving pretty quickly but it’s never too late to do all those awesome things you wanna do.

Live your life man. Look after yourself. After all, it’s the only one you’ll get so make the most of it.

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Where have you been?

Yes, I’ve missed you guys too. I wish I could say that I’ve been on some amazing overseas adventure, or even a cruise or a wildlife safari but alas, I would be lying and I’m not very fond of lying.

Truth is, I’ve been sick. No, not deathbed sick but it feels like I might as well have been! I’m on the road to recovery from goodness knows. I haven’t been diagnosed yet but I tell ya, it’s been a month from hell with aches, pains and a whole lot of drugs. The top drawer of my bedside table is OVERFLOWING with drugs and I’m not exaggerating!

I’m feeling better though! I’m not 100% but I’ll take 79% over -89.9%.

This week I’ve been playing a whole lot of catch up with life as well as with work and study. Should I do a blog post on how to get back to on track with life after you encounter a major hurdle? At the rate I’m going, I think I’m equipped to talk about it…

Oh you’ve twisted my arm – I’ll add it to my list.

When you’re sick and removed from the outside world, it’s easy to fall into a pit of sadness, loneliness and feeling like nobody cares about you. But let me tell you, despite those feelings, it gets better and people shower you with love.

I got flowers delivered to me from work! That was pretty exciting albeit awkward because I didn’t believe the poor deliveryman that dropped them off. But look how beautiful they are!

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The flowers definitely brightened up my day given how dark and crappy the two-three weeks had been.

And then there’s the emails, the texts and the calls. I felt so loved.

So guys, it seems like what I’m saying is if you don’t feel loved, just get sick and people shower you with love and you truly realise you mean something to at least someone… but I’m not encouraging you to get sick… I’m just making an observation!

Anyways, this is a boring post I know but I just wanted to give you a quick update on where I’ve been.

Brace yourself – the blog posts are coming.

p.s. Alex if you’re reading this, I hope Germany is treating you well and I miss you!