Taking Time for Myself: “Me Time” with RMS By Chad, Husband, Father, Software Engineer • October 26, 2017
Four may not seem like a large number, but when you’re talking about four kids, it can sometimes be quite daunting! I’ve come to realize over the past 20 years that husband-and-wife time is at a premium in our household—not to mention alone time with each child, as well as treating my relapsing MS, going to church, work, school, and grocery shopping, making home repairs... the list goes on and on! But somehow, we seem to manage just fine. So far none of our children have gone missing (that we know of), Friday date nights are a regular occurrence, our church responsibilities are regularly completed, we both still have jobs, there’s food in the pantry, and the house hasn’t collapsed.
But is that really what living is all about—checking things off on a list? While lists certainly have their place, I feel we all need to make time for ourselves and if that’s not on your list already, I recommend adding “me time” and putting it at the very top, right along with treating your relapsing MS!
Since everything where I live is so spread out, I find myself driving a lot. I personally feel like our cars often become a second home—and for me, it’s the perfect place to have “me time.” It all starts with making that “home” as comfortable as possible and using it for more than just driving. Now that doesn’t mean going into debt and buy the new luxury hybrid—it means taking what you have and making the most of it. My 2008 black sedan isn’t the prettiest thing to look at from the outside, but inside, it has comfortable seats and a stereo with an auxiliary port to plug my phone into. And very rarely will you find me driving around without something playing—from music to podcasts and more. That’s my way of turning the often-mundane task of driving into “me time.”
While I do have a list of what types of content I listen to each day (don’t forget I’m a software engineer by trade and must have order, so I do need some lists), the actual media I listen to really depends on my mood—it’s about how I’m feeling and how I want to express myself. It may not be glamorous or decadent, but I’m sure many passersby have gotten a laugh out of the weird guy singing out loud in the car next to them. Thankfully, the windows are usually closed, so they aren’t subjected to my interpretive singing, although the aforementioned wife and kids aren’t that lucky.
“Me time” is a necessity for all, whether you follow my example of making a fool of yourself while driving, or find a quiet spot to sit and ponder the mysteries of the universe. But you may not want to spend “me time” alone—and you don’t have to! What matters most is that you’re paying attention to your own wants and needs (you know, that attention that’s so much easier to give to others).
You might want to go to your local church or community center like I do. I find that going to places like these and surrounding yourself with positive energy can help you recharge and face your day with a renewed sense of well-being and purpose.
I travel around to different informational events for LEMTRADA and meet people living with relapsing MS. This has become part of my “me time.” When I’m traveling to events, I like to listen to music as my “me time,” but the best part of these experiences is talking with everyone at the event and hearing them talk about their lives and their passions. As I mentioned above, “me time” doesn’t have to be spent by one’s self. It gives me great joy to spend my “me time” with others.
The good news is that there are tons of LEMTRADA events all over the country, so check out the LEMTRADA events page to find one near you. And if we end up at an event together, please let me know what you do for “me time,” because I’m always looking for suggestions. Maybe afterwards, if you’re up to it, we can belt out a song together!
If you can’t make it to an event, I’d still love to hear what you do for “me time,” so let me know in the comment section below. You never know who may be inspired by what you have to say.
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