Cape Time and Reverb 11

Last night, after visiting The Urban Grape for their summer wine stock up weekend (20% off cases of wine!), we spent the evening the way we spent many evenings last summer, on our deck, with James Taylor and a little wine until well past 10 pm. I didn’t care about blogging or packing or work, just me, my favorite guy, and a sunset that lasted almost until we went inside.

When we finally did go inside, I fell asleep instantly, not making to-do lists in my head like I normally do, or worrying that between an interview, work, and errands that I never found time to work out or buy groceries, or tossing and turning wondering if I had done enough that day. And I woke up, completely rested and happy at 5:30 to write this post, solely because I wanted to.

Truro Beach

Every June my college roommates and I venture to one of my favorite places in the world, Provincetown, for a weekend of fun in the sun. Actually, it rains pretty much every single year, ends up freezing cold, and I never bring enough layers to keep warm, but it is still fun.

Raija either stays over on Friday or picks me up on Saturday. We are usually late to pick up Meghan who is usually waiting for us, packed and ready to start our vacation. Every year, we put on some music, get iced coffee, and turn on to 93, dealing with a little Cape traffic here and there, and finally making our way on to Route 6 and toward the Cape. As the edges of the road blend from hard asphalt to sandy dunes, the traffic lightens, and the air smells even more like the sea than it does at home, my grip on everything in life lessens a little. More than any massage or yoga practice, the journey releases tension in my neck, and as I start to lose service on my phone for the weekend, I feel more and more at home.

June’s Reverb prompt came this week at a perfect time.

What can you let yourself off the hook for?

The prompt was one of the reasons I couldn’t sleep. There was just too much.

I don’t like running. I love running the Boston Marathon, and I have a fun run scheduled with a friend in September, but I am happier walking, lifting weights, and having dance parties. But in my mind I still sometimes feel like I need to run because I once did.

I can work hard, all day and much of the night and constantly put myself out there until I have nothing left, but I still can’t control anyone but myself. The fact that many people have promised me lots of work and then backed out or never responded makes them either really busy or really rude.

I don’t need to blog twice a day, every day. My life is that interesting (to me), but I should be living it more and documenting it less.

The list could go on and on and on, but a key theme that goes through my life and many of our lives is enough. Being enough, doing enough, saving enough, planning enough, anticipating enough, being nice enough and patient enough . . .

So even if it is just for a couple of salty days in a cottage by the sea, I am letting myself off the hook from worrying about all of the enoughs.

And hopefully getting a little bit of a tan while I am at it Smile

 

What do you want to let yourself off the hook for?

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  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    What a lovely evening and upcoming weekend. Really nicely written post Meghan.

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  2. Simply Life’s avatar

    Sounds like a perfect weekend! Enjoy!

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  3. Shannon’s avatar

    Well written! That is a question I should step back and ask myself more often. I always feel like I lose sleep thinking over the things I don’t get done even at times when I am constantly on the go. The loss of someone very near and dear to me this week reminded me that sometimes we just need to step back and live.

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  4. Raija’s avatar

    We’re excited to be off the hook with you :)

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  5. Eric King’s avatar

    If I could give you a standing ovation for that last paragraph – I would.

    Bono once said – dont let the bastards grind you down – and the sunscreen song once said “sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes
    you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
    yourself.”

    You have nobody to beat – you deserve the time to recharge yourself and see the you in you. Now let the you in you forget about all those crazy lists, and deadlines and let it be free to walk barefoot by the dunes with your girls this weekend.

    I am very very happy for you Meghan.

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  6. Daisy’s avatar

    Have such a fun time on the cape. this is a wonderful post.

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  7. Daisy’s avatar

    hope you are having such a fun time on the cape. this is a wonderful post.

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    1. Daisy’s avatar

      whoops not sure why i posted that twice!!

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    2. Kelly’s avatar

      Oh boy, I’m at the Cape too and it’s raining and I personally think pretty chilly :( But I’m sure you are having fun anyways! Good for you for getting away from the madness. I am pretty terrible at it myself!

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    3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      Hope you’re having a great time. My life has improved a lot since I let myself off the hook with extreme rules with food and exercise. Life is too short!

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    4. Michelle’s avatar

      I love when I can hear the happiness and calm in your voice! I’m blogging less and living life more…and I’m absolutely enjoying it! Have a wonderful time in P-town!

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    5. Kerstin’s avatar

      Such a wonderful post, I need to let myself off the hook when I skip workouts or don’t blog as often as I feel like I should. Hope you had a great time on the Cape!

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    6. Megan’s avatar

      Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Can’t wait to see you tonight. This post is a great reminder not to sweat the small stuff. I let myself off the hook this weekend and had a great time with friends as well. It’s hard, but I always try to put my worries behind me.

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    7. Terri’s avatar

      This is a beautiful post! I hope you had a great weekend in Cape Cod.

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    8. alicia’s avatar

      Great post – I’m letting myself off the hook for not blogging as much as I should.

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