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It’s that time of year folks!  Spring is here, the weather is fine, the birds are singing…so why am I in an emotional funk?  I have many answers and none:  career issues, age issues, relationship issues, allergies, traffic, weight gain and/or loss, the ridiculously high price of gas.  The list goes on and on.  The cause is immaterial.  The question is:  what am I going to do about it?

I am fortunate to have a dear friend whom I met in Rome.  We occasionally correspond by email, and she gave me some great advice the other day.  Without getting into too much detail, she basically responded to my whining by telling me to man up!  It’s wonderful to have friends who can cut through the BS and tell you to STFU!

Her words got me thinking.  Now, my thought process might seem a little strange but bear with me.  Man up…nut up (you get the connection, right?)…knit up.  Hmmm.

I started taking knitting classes a few months ago, and I’ve advanced from scarves to hats to baby blankets, and my first sweater class starts this weekend.  My skills have improved, but I’ve been a bit nervous about tackling a more complex project without the assistance of an instructor.  I also find knitting to be calming – the repetitive motion, I suppose.  It’s a nice combo:  a calming effect and a feeling of accomplishment at the end.  An epiphany:  knitting makes me feel good!

So I decided to “knit up.”  No more worrying about things that are out of my control.  What will happen will happen.  I’m going to take charge of those parts of my life that I do control, and I’m going to run with them and enjoy every minute of them.  As soon as I made this decision, the fog cleared, my shoulders relaxed, and I could breathe.  Four dollar/gallon gas couldn’t touch me.  Age is just a number.  And I am not going to feel guilty about eating that Klondike bar!  I found a terrific pattern for a tank top and ordered some beautiful yarn for it.  I can’t wait for it to arrive so that I can get started!

Don’t get me wrong – this is, like, Day One of this process for me.  I know I’m not perfect.  I’ll still freak out, I’ll still have bad days, but I think this is progress.  I’ll keep you posted.

Knit up = my new mantra.

So tell me, do you have your own “knit up” equivalent?  How do you stay sane and stress free?

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