On relishing the simple things

I can go for weeks without seeing anyone but coworkers and T.

I’m pretty boring, really.

Can I help it that I’m not interesting in playing drinking games and getting trashed?

Or that I decided long ago I couldn’t be effed with fake friends and don’t get invited to parties?

I almost wish I had moved to a different city, heck, country, even, so I’d have an excuse not to have much of a social life.

Right now, about the most regular thing on my calendar is weekly pub quiz with a team from work. And you know what – I like it that way.

I like being able to come home, relax, cook, read or blog or do freelance work, before getting to bed at a decent hour.

I like having my odd days off to myself, to sleep in, to run, play guitar, read the news, clean the house, buy fresh produce from the corner shop, bake, take photos. Like Shopaholly writes, even though this doesn’t sound like much, sometimes it feels like there are never enough hours. And I’m not even counting the really boring things, like clipping your nails or scrubbing the oven or making the effort to rub rosehip oil into your pigmented scars.

I like my relatively quiet, peaceful life. This is what relaxes, recharges and fulfils me.

And I’m not going to apologise for it.

13 thoughts on “On relishing the simple things

  • Reply FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com October 22, 2010 at 14:13

    I am the exact same way.

  • Reply Everyday Tips October 22, 2010 at 14:51

    I think your life sounds perfect! You are an adult and you are doing what you enjoy- that i show it should be.

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  • Reply aloysa October 22, 2010 at 16:37

    Sounds like me! This weekend my husband is travelling and I am staying home instead of going out with friends. It is the way I like it. In fact I really enjoy staying home, watching TV, blogging, reading, spending time with my boys (a cat and a pug). 🙂 I understand you really well!

  • Reply Jane October 22, 2010 at 19:34

    Well done! There are worse things than needing time to charge your batteries. I find I’m much happier when I spend 1-2 days a week out, rather than 3 (or 4 or 7, like some of my most extremely extroverted friends). It gets even better as you get more practice — I’ve almost got my friends trained to not take it personally when I sometimes pass on mid-week plans.

  • Reply Suzie G October 22, 2010 at 23:26

    We had a wedding the other weekend, so, no kids, like most others there. However, when it came time to move on from the reception, when everyone else was heading out to the clubs, I was quite happy to head home to bed and go to sleep without having to wake 4 times during the night – bliss! I considered going out drinking, but honestly, who wants to deal with not only a hangover, but also a 4 hr car trip and dealing with the kids the next day? Call me a piker, but at least I was feeling healthy the next morning, unlike some 🙂

  • Reply unknowntheartist October 23, 2010 at 00:10

    Oh EE, you are like the NZ version of me! I’ve just come back from a work conference and that literally is the first time I have had to socialise outside of my other half since last year.
    Other than that, we really keep to ourselves. I don’t keep in touch with work colleagues outside of work ‘cos I like it that way.
    Private and not on Facebook 😉

  • Reply Lindy Mint October 23, 2010 at 02:39

    And you don’t have to apologize for it.

    I had a friend once who was unabashed about turning down offers to go out. She just preferred to stay in. I always admired her for being so confident in what she wanted.

  • Reply Kara October 23, 2010 at 07:23

    While I enjoy going out every now and then, I’d rather stay at home and watch a movie, read a book, or play XBox, lol. Yeah, it’s fun to be with friends, but it’s expensive and I always feel like garbage the next day whether I consume liquor or not. I enjoy going to bed early.

  • Reply Fig October 24, 2010 at 21:27

    I’m the same way. I would like more friends here in NZ, but not fake ones that are into partying (I’m not). I’m happier doing nothing than trying to play that scene. So yeah, I need to be better and not feeling bad about that!

  • Reply me in millions November 6, 2010 at 02:39

    I go back and forth between that and being super social. But being super social is sooo exausting! I more enjoy those quiet nights in… I just wish that I had someone to share them with.

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  • Reply Steven J Fromm April 1, 2013 at 05:23

    Love this post. Nothing like keeping it simple. Love to come home, be with my wife, share stuff with her and play guitar with my buddies on the weekend. Yes the simple pleasures are the best.

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