Breathing Room

I hope you had a wonderful July 4th.   For me, this year was a little different.  Rather than hit a BBQ or lay out a big getaway weekend, I decided to not commit to much and see where my day took me.  For a girl who has always got a plan, this was a very big step.

I drove north towards Pt. Reyes and after taking a random right turn, found myself at a little inlet beach.  It was there, after laying down my blanket and taking in the beautiful water and thick layer of incoming fog (hello summer in San Francisco) that I thought, “Holy heck, I need some breathing room.”

The last few months have been mighty pressed with clients, re-branding and finding a new place to live.  There have been times when it felt like the hits just kept on coming and I wondered, “How long can I bob and weave?”

In sitting on the beach, watching children play I realized two things.

One: We all have incredible capacity to handle the hits life delivers.  The strikes will certainly sting and it may feel like there’s no reprieve.  However if we can let ourselves dance in the ring without expectation with whatever’s thrown our way, the blows soften as do their impact.

Two:  We all need breathing room.  Life is so sweet and can also make us weary and raw.  We require space to recalibrate when the hits keep coming.  Whatever is wearing you down, whether it be work, family, finding Mr. Right, or figuring out your life’s next big move, let yourself tap out for a minute or a month.  Close your computer and step away from the project.  Stop dating until it feels good again.  Trust that what’s next for you is on its way.  There’s no need to hunt it down.

When we give ourselves breathing room and trust to know when it’s time to get back in the ring, we are more grounded, solid and even eager to face the wonders before us. Tweet this.

There are endless ways to take breathing room.  For me, poetry is one of the most accessible avenues to first remember my capacity to hold all that life brings, sweet and bitter, and create space to find my center again when I’ve been knocked on my ass.

The next few weeks will be dedicated to my favorite poems that give me breathing room and bring me back to me.

May they do the same for you.

All my love,

Jamie

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