I have been diagnosed with asthma my entire life. I never really had any issues with it flaring up. I can count the times I've had issues on one hand (literally). This past Friday caught me by surprise.
I had a severe asthma attack and because I never have issues, I did not have an inhaler or anything on hand. As I stood in the bathroom trying desperately to catch my breath, I thought about how I got to this point. My body started to feel weak and I collapsed to the floor. How did I allow this to happen to myself? My body decided it was done trying to keep up with me and told me it had had enough. In this moment, there was nothing left for me to do. I had been so used to stretching myself so thin and for so long, that it had become part of my persona. Those who know me, know that I am the "Jill of all trades" but is this what it gets me? Is this what happens when you are the go-to person for so many people? In that moment, I decided to make a change for me, for my kids, and for my family. If I were to die on that bathroom floor, life would have went on with or without me. It is up to me to live life to the fullest.
This post is important because in your journey to be debt-free, save for retirement, fund the kids' colleges, or whatever financial goal you have, do not forget about yourself. It is OK to take a break from being intense and laser focused. It is OK to step back and re-evaluate the projectile you are going. Are you spending a lot of time on activities that are not feeding into your ultimate goal? I know I was! This past Friday I made a change. I am only focusing on activities that progress my goals. I have learned to say NO. I have learned to take time and practice mindfulness. I have learned to take care of self.
Don't make the same mistake I did. Like Suze Orman says, "People first, then money, then things". Put yourself first and everything else will follow. What was your wake up call?