“I Wanna Talk About Me” – No Seriously, I Do!
Hey everyone, as I sit here in Great Falls, MT getting ready to teach a class tomorrow, I thought this would be a good time to put together my next blog. As I think about all the time I spend on my bike, I realize how important that time is to my personal well being both physically and mentally!
Toby Keith, a country singer, sings a song called “I Wanna Talk About Me.” The chorus goes like this:
“I want to talk about me, want to talk about I, want to talk about number one, oh my me my, what I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see; I like talking about you, you, you, you usually, but occasionally, I want to talk about me!”
Many of us consider ourselves fairly selfless when it comes to dealing with and supporting others. I know that often, I put others first, as does my wife, and many of our friends. To serve others, something I love to do,requires us to be somewhat selfless, otherwise we wouldn’t do the things we do. I admire those who give so much of themselves for others, and truly enjoy giving back to others as I have been so blessed over the years. However, sometimes we have to turn our selflessness into selfishness! Yes, that’s right, I need you to occasionally be selfish! You need to heed Toby Keith’s words, “I wanna talk about me!” This is what I do when I ride my bike. For the most part, I am being selfish when I ride; other than the fact that I am still raising money for charity through my Charity Miles app. The hours I am on my bike are used to think, or not, unwind, decompress, and focus strictly on my need to explore, challenge myself, and renew!
We all need time to ourselves! We all need to “talk about me!” It might not be riding your bike, maybe it is running, maybe it is walking, maybe it is reading,maybe it is cooking, maybe it is crocheting; it could be anything that makes you happy and relaxes you. I can’t stress enough how important this is for all of us. Life is very stressful, and very demanding. When you are working full time,then have other things like family waiting for you at home; soccer games, recitals, dance practice, etc., your life is full,and it can sometimes be like running on a hamster wheel. You absolutely have to make time for yourself! Your mental and physical well being depend on it! I love my “me” time, and I also know my bride loves her “me” time. We also love our “we” time, but our relationship is enhanced by knowing that we each need to have that time alone!
Please take a look in the mirror – are you giving yourself enough “me” time? Are you ready and willing to “talk about me?” Please, make time for yourself. You can still be the amazing selfless person you love being, but in order to keep going and sustaining, give yourself the same kind of love! I truly believe your life will be better, and you will be able to serve you family, your job, and your interests so much better! Wishing everyone a blessed day!