It takes a lot to take me down. I had a feeling something was amiss yesterday a little after 8am, when I walked out the door to go buy groceries at Food Lion. I knew it would be a humid day, but I felt like I walked out the front door into the bottom of a swimming pool. And during a subsequent meeting I had at 9am, which was outdoors, I continued to feel, as I like to say, oogy.
And then in Home Depot, it struck. Suddenly I felt light-headed, dizzy, out of place, sweaty, and nauseous to the point of wanting to throw up. So, I know a lot of people feel that way in Home Depot. But not me and given the other stuff, I decided to head home.
Which was a good idea, because about 10 minutes after getting home, I was asleep again for a two hour nap. Woke up, got about a little, did some household chores, but the entire rest of the day-- still oogy. Less oogy but still oogy. And today-- still better than last night. Good enough that I want to get out and about later, including play softball.
So what was it/is it? I hear there's a summer cold going around, so wouldn't be surprised if that's it. If it is, glad that I got it now.
But I also look at the past week-- long days at work, the gym, writing the blog and working on my book, in bed after 11:30-midnight every day and up at 5:30 or earlier every day. So could this be the work of, oh, let's just say......... EXHAUSTION? I shook the Magic 8-ball and it said, "all signs point to yes".
Which brings me to the point. People have to make choices in what they do in life. I fancy myself to be able to do it all, and maybe I can, but I need reminders like this to tell me that it is hard work and I can't skimp on taking care of myself.
But there are many people who pick and choose how they can be active and that's why it's important that the needs of all be considered in our civic discourse. And that's why connecting with the community is a two-way street. Because yes, it's important to look at who shows up to a particular meeting, who writes e-mails, letters, and who turns out to volunteer and to vote.
But it's also important for our community institutions to connect to people. To connect to citizens, not constituencies. Part of it is going where the people go. Part of it is going to where the people congregate. Part of it is putting information where people go to get information. And part of it is just good, old-fashioned shoe leather. But it's a multifaceted approach and there's some cool things developing in this regard. More to come, but I'll give a hint. The goal will be to move Columbia forward.
Today is National Beans N' Franks Day!
Let's be careful out there.