Being selfish

When the lockdown came down in Scotland this week, I was on my narrowboat. So rather than rushing back, I have spent the week in quiet isolation here, doing just what I have wanted. No dogs, no wife, no son. Just me, Netflix, several books and my euphonium.

It has been very cold. In the daytime and evenings I can heat the boat well with diesel central heating . But overnight I have tucked up under a thick duvet and woken to ice coating the windows. As I climb out of my cocoon I can hear the canal ice cracking around the boat.

It has been a wonderful selfish time. I have done what I wanted, when I wanted, and had such peace. To start with I felt guilty. I felt I should be at the house doing jobs and helping out. But I have realised that the break has been as good for my wife and son as it has for me. For many years I have worked a lot away from home, and in recent months we have been together 24 hours a day. Too much of a shock for all of us. They don’t need me organising their lives, and I am allowed to want time for me.

I return today, and with lockdown will not be back for some time. But I think I have learned an important lesson this week. Sometimes it is OK to be selfish.

What do you think? Do you give enough time to yourself?

2 thoughts on “Being selfish

  1. If you wanted to put a positive slant on this it’s like putting your oxygen mask on before others so you can then help them once you are OK yourself.
    Obviously that needs positive intent. In this case did you weigh up the all the advantages for everyone before planning the trip…. only you will know 😉.
    To end on a positive note I suggest doing a RACI on your personal happiness. Only you are accountable and responsible. Others need to know when you aren’t happy and at times contribute but sometimes you can wait too long, so just do what you know makes you happy!

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