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June 6th, 2006

Ten on Tuesday

This Week: Ten Ways I Like to Relax

Here’s a timely subject. I’ve been through the wringer these last few months! Spending a little time on this exercise to figure out what makes me feel relaxed is probably a wise notion… Here goes!

10. Swimming – For me, there are few more relaxing experiences than floating around in the clear blue wetness. I love that weightless feeling you get when you’re underwater.

9. Cleaning – Don’t think I’m some kind of neat-freak, because I can be a mess at times, but I do find that when my body and environment are freshly cleansed and tidy I just feel a lot better… More like myself.

8. Touring – I detest driving. What I like is to be driven around by someone. We don’t need a specific destination. I just like to listen to music and look out the window to see new people and places.

7. Geekery – You know what I’m talking about… As frustrating as stretching our nerdy brains can be, there’s a certain zen in playing with code or learning something new about a technology that you enjoy.

6. Listening – I like a good story. Before my grandparents’ generation started passing away I enjoyed them often. Time-travelling with others broadens my perspective and furthers my understanding.

5. Solitude – As much as I adore people, sometimes I need time alone. In reflection, I find that the times I have spent in quiet thought always paid dividends far beyond the initial investment I had made.

4. Cycling – From the early days on my trike, to the BMX grandpa won for me, to mountain biking in college, to my beloved spinning classes, to these recent moments on a road bike… It’s always fun and freeing.

3. Playtime – Kids have this down to a science. They have an amazing capacity for fun! I find that by interacting with children I can reconnect with the simple things and my grown-up concerns melt away.

2. Helping – Often the most relaxing thing I can do is help others. Taking the focus off of myself and doing nice things for someone else makes me feel calm and happy… Plus, it’s a win-win situation.

1. Being Held – When it comes right down to it, I haven’t changed much since the day I was born. Still, the most comforting thing imaginable is to be held tenderly by someone who loves me through and through.

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  • 1. Char  |  June 8th, 2006 at 8:49 am

    I can’t swim, but I do ride my boogie board in the summer and it’s so fun! I just need to learn how to swim so I can go farther out. Geekery also makes me relaxed, too.

  • 2. Andrew QH  |  June 9th, 2006 at 7:52 am

    I haven’t been consistent in checking, but I haven’t seen one of these in while… I like your ten on tuesdays

  • 3. Nihility  |  June 9th, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    Blogging doesn’t relax you? 😉

  • 4. The Bombshell  |  June 9th, 2006 at 3:03 pm

    Sometimes it does… But mostly because it helps me to get these ideas out of my head and down where I can reference them later. My brain isn’t as good at information retrieval as it should be. I’d say blogging gives me more peace of mind than relaxation… Similar?

  • 5. Im Chele In LA  |  June 11th, 2006 at 8:52 am

    Oh girl, you have updated more then me lately…
    I am off in a world of pictures and working.

  • 6. soapbox.SUPERSTAR  |  June 12th, 2006 at 11:31 am

    This is an AMAZING list! It just reiterates the fact that we would be SUCH good friends with lots in common if we did not live on opposite ends of the US! :mrgreen:

  • 7. Dena  |  June 13th, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    I am in complete and total agreement with number 10! I can spend hours floating in the water.

  • 8. Fred Charles  |  June 14th, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    I love to swim, too. Wish I could do it more often. It’s so relaxing.

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