It is a beautiful sunny Spring afternoon, and I want to get out and enjoy it more by taking a walk and breathing the fresh air. Working an office job does not lend much to that type of thing, especially when you are short staffed and sometimes sacrifice your breaks for the good of the office and for the work-horse mentality that invades American society of which I am not a fan.
So on that note, my new small group Bible study group is doing a social activity this afternoon and that idea would seem to line up with my thoughts on the importance of free time to recharge and have fun. But the chosen activity is going to a wine bar, and since I have never been a drinker, it is not really very fun for me to go to an activity where that is the goal. Many other Christians I know drink, but my Grandpa was an alcoholic, and I grew up never being interested in drinking at all. Starbucks is more my jam, as I think the kids say now.
So yeah, that makes me think of the term adulting, a term that makes me smile when I hear it these days. You know, when you would rather take a nap than go out on the town. That kind of thing. I ran around a lot in my twenties and early thirties. Nothing decadent, but I was constantly going to concerts around my state or in neighboring states which was one of my favorite things. I also went on a couple of mission trips to Haiti and Scotland, went on short term fun trips to Canada and Nashville, saw a ton of movies, and did lots of church events and fun activities with friends. Now sometimes I find myself wanting to read a good book or chill at home.
Today, on my Saturday off work, I wanted to get my laundry done, put up a new shower curtain liner, catch up on an Agents of Shield episode that I missed, and I ran a few fun errands (Starbucks and to Disc Replay, an amazing used movie and game store in my city; I purchased three great used movies for $3.33 to $4.99 each). To be honest, the wine bar holds no interest to me. Maybe that sounds “uncool”, but the older that I get the more I try to listen to myself and my heart. What sounds fun to others is not always fun for me and that is ok. You need to be true to yourself, not the popular things or what society dictates. Maybe that is why they call it “Adulting.”