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This past weekend, I learned something very important about myself: Without other people around with whom to interact, I’m an incredibly boring person.
Some people thrive on “me time,” but I barely survived. OK, so that makes me sound like too much of a drama queen, but it certainly wasn’t fun.
If I were a single gal, living on my own, I’d probably spend half my time being incredibly lazy and the other half being a workaholic.
Let me explain just a bit. My husband was away for the weekend at a friend’s bachelor party, so I had the apartment and three whole days to myself. But, it wasn’t long before “to myself” became “by myself.”
Thursday night I was more than frustrated about something and managed to spend the evening on the phone with friends, my parents and my mother-in-law. I went to bed early because — thank goodness — I had to go to work the next day.
But by the time I got off work Friday afternoon-evening, I was lost.
I did go to the grocery store, but spent 80 percent of the evening lying on the couch watching reruns of “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory.” The sad thing is, had Josh been home, we would have probably done exactly the same thing, but because he would have been there, it would have been 10 times more fun.
I went to bed early, but forgot to take into account that going to sleep early would mean waking up early. So Saturday morning was spent counting the hours I had been awake.
By 11:30, I was up to three and a half, so I had to kick myself into gear. This is where my workaholic half comes in.
I washed the dishes, scrubbed the counters and swept the floor. Then *enter suspenseful music* I came into work where I ended up writing most of this column along with several other things.
All I can say is that I’m certainly glad Josh is back home. Without him I’m positive I would either bore or work myself to death.
But through all this self-realization, I also realized something about others.
I have several friends who also end up with a lot of “me time.” These ladies deserve so much credit for making it through the times when their significant others are working out of town or even overseas.
Now, I’m not saying any of us needs a man to survive in this world. What I am saying is that we’ve found significant people we want to spend the rest of our lives with and those lives are a lot more fun when they’re around.
E-mail Shannon Mason Brock at email@example.com.