On a recent weekend morning, I got dressed and headed out to the grocery store. Then I sped home and put my pajamas back on, deciding that I just wasn’t ready to face the world yet. My bucket was empty. I really like the bucket analogy. We need to fill out bucket so that we can have enough energy for life. When my bucket is empty, I don’t have anything to give my students, kids, husband, friends, or anyone else.
So how do we keep our buckets filled? Here are some simple, realistic ways that I can remember to fill my bucket. It’s important to do little things like these frequently because once I let my bucket get totally bone-dry empty, it’s daunting to try to start filling it again.
- Spend some time writing in a coffee shop
- Laugh–about anything
- Go to a show, concert or play
- Spend time near water
- Browse in a bookstore
- Watch a good escape movie (Jurassic Park and Harry Potter are awesome)
- Listen to music
- Dance (not in public!)
- Go out for a really delicious meal
- Take a fun class
- Do some photography
It is not selfish to spend time filling my bucket. A full bucket lets me be my best, true self out there in the world.
How do you fill your bucket?