Now that life is somewhat returning to normal, I’m seeing lists about the item that’s giving me joy or the 15 things I couldn’t live without during the pandemic. They’re fun (and sometimes moving) to look at, and they’ve made me think about what I’ve learned in the last 18 months and want to keep in my life.
But as part of my self-reflection, I’ve also made a “to stop” list that I think is just as important. Things I did pre-pandemic out of habit or obligation are on the list, but my number one item is to stop missing out on the free time in front of me by stressing about what’s coming next. Other to stops: Stop eating two hours before I go to bed and stop talking myself out of doing things that feel like a risk.
Why? Because I don’t want to return to normal, I want to return to better. I’m choosing more things on the calendar that bring me joy and minimize the nonsense life can throw at us.
So yeah, I’ll keep taking more time to cook meals that feed my family’s bodies and souls. Eating home-cooked meals is something I love and value, but didn’t always make time for. I want to keep doing that.
However, I’ve also learned how important it is to stop some things. And since it’s a lesson I don’t want to repeat, I’m going to do my best to stick to it.
What about you? What’s on your “to keep” list and what’s on your “to stop” list?