Last week, I was determined to start bringing my own coffee, breakfast, and lunch to work. I realized I had been spending a lot of money on food… and morning coffee… and afternoon coffee… ahem. I was good for most of the week. I even made it to the gym a couple times. There’s nothing quite like being the one person walking leisurely on a treadmill while everyone else is training for a marathon. Whatever. I give myself props for going at all.
Those two decisions, bringing lunch and going to the gym, had an impact on my work life. I didn’t think it would. Part of what made buying lunch so great was that everyday could be a new adventure. Should I stay in or go out? Going out is fun, it’s social, it’s an escape. Staying in for lunch gets stale pretty quickly, and people-watching turns stale when you’re watching the same work crowd. As for the gym… working out is an antisocial activity for me. I don’t want to be around people when I’m exercising! The point is, making these changes, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, really kind of upset the balance at work. So I’m trying to find a happy medium. I’ll keep bringing coffee and breakfast, vow to bring lunch at least 3 days a week and go out at least 1 day. I’ll have a gym bag ready for the days when I have time to work out, but I’ll go for walks with my co-workers the other days.
I don’t want to be that person who changes and ends up resenting the rest of the world for not changing along with me. It’s like the person who goes on a diet and then gets depressed or annoyed when they’re around someone who’s eating a donut. Or, getting upset when everyone’s having fried chicken for dinner and I’m eating tofu. Changes have to be made for the right reason. They require a bit of attitude adjusting. They require a bit of consideration for the people who are close to you.
Why am I being so serious? Hahaha. All I did was start bringing lunch and I went to the gym twice. It’s kind of been a nice lesson. Lessons, actually:
- I’m totally capable of preparing lunches for myself.
- I’m totally capable of preparing a gym bag for myself… and going to the gym… and working out.
- Uh, don’t pour the coffee out of the french press after 2 minutes or you’ll just end up with brown water. Don’t bother if you’re running late.
- Saving money is good. So is hanging out with people and changing the scenery once in awhile.
- I. Love. Coffee.
‘Til next time! Peace.