A PERFECT DAY (A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT)
What would a perfect day in your life be like?
Defining your idyllic day is a powerful exercise. I am so glad I did this in response to a thought experiment Saving Ninja posted over in his blog. In that post, he encourages other people to join in. It helped me understand my motivations and what I am striving towards.
While you can read the complete task on his site, here is a summary.
Saving Ninja asks you to imagine and create a perfect moment for yourself. A moment, away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, where everything is great, where you and your family are really happy. What does it involve? What does it look like?
Instead of creating a moment, I chose to create a perfect day in my life where I live the life I choose. The day is idyllic but real.
Truth be told, this is not the first time I have dreamed about what an ideal day would look like, only to be distracted by the humdrum of daily life.
However, unlike the previous times, this time I wasn’t just dreaming about it. I was also recording it via this post. I think it would be a lovely idea to revisit this post in a few years to see if my idea of ‘a perfect day’ has evolved with time.
Also, I first came across this thought experiment in Ditch the Cave’s blog post.
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My Perfect Day
Where Am I
What is the perfect location where I would love to spend each day my life? If I could choose, where would I want to wake up each day from here on? Would it be on a beach or in the mountains?
The hustle and bustle of a metropolis are exciting. There is so much our metro offers – safety, warm tropical weather, great education, healthcare, culture, arts, and fun stuff. Yes, there a few cons. If you love the outdoors, it is a long drive out of town. A smaller town, on the other hand, has warmth, open spaces. Life is more relaxed.
The cozy apartment in this seaside town has served us well. Over the years apartment living has grown on me. It is functional, efficient and communal. I can’t imagine moving from here.
For a change of pace, we pack in a visit to the family who live in a small city. The gentle pace of life their is perfect for a vacation and the calm I occasionally need.
How I Start A Perfect Day
The morning sunlight wakes me up. I stretch as I look out of my window overlooking the calm blue ocean. After a good nights sleep, I feel fresh as a daisy, completely energized and raring to go.
The first thing I do is to say my morning prayers, express my gratitude and repeat an affirmation or two. It is a perfect day and I head over to the little sit out in our balcony. The warm cup of chai is just what the doctor ordered. Time to do some write down my thought in my daily journal and go over my plans for the day. It is going to be a great one.
The daughter is ready for school. I give her a hug but she is rushing to be on time at her school bus. She no longer wants her mom to accompany her to the bus-stop.
A quick change of clothes and I head over to the gym or go for a run – whatever my trainer has chalked out for me. A couple of friends join me. We motivate each through our routines. With a gym/running buddy this time seems to fly past so quickly.
An hour later I am heading back into my apartment to get into that warm bathtub. Music plays in the background while I get ready to attack the warm breakfast and fresh fruits that are waiting for me on the breakfast table.
What I Do During An Ideal Day
A perfect day involves everything: work, play, rest and family.
It is now time to cross a few things off my to-do list. My home-office is warm and inviting. I sit down to write down for my blogs and for my client. I type furiously on my laptop as I create one post after another.
Today I need to take a few photographs for the posts I had written and edited earlier. My assistant schedules these posts for the next week. We grab a cup of coffee and discuss plans and focus areas for the next quarter.
Lunch is generally what we had for dinner the previous evening. Both husband and daughter are not at home so it is just me. I open the book I am reading and dig into my pie. It tastes even better than last night.
Now it is time for me to plan our next travel this summer. Also, my husband is turning 50. We are going to be at Wimbledon for the finals. Shhhh… it is a surprise. I am trying to figure out how to get the visa done without him knowing!
I have been saving for it for some time now. Have a sinking fund going. They really are a great way to plan your finances for specific goals. Just finished coloring in the last bit in my tracker. Feel accomplished.
A few calls with later, I think I have a plan in action. Fingers crossed. Time to brew a cup of coffee and bake a fresh loaf of bread. The aromas in my kitchen – coffee and freshly baked bread. I wouldn’t want to be in any other place.
Evenings are for relaxing. Sometimes we have friends and family over. Most evenings, it is just my husband and I lounging around in our living room while some soft music plays. The daughter is finishing her work for school.
I cannot put down the book I am reading. In the meanwhile, our little dog snuggles up beside me. He brings a smile on my face and I start to rub him. He loves it.
Our daughter joins us as we head out for dinner to a cozy eatery down the road from our apartment block. They are playing some 70s and 80s foot-tapping music.
After dinner, we head over to the promenade for a walk as the waves lash on the rocks below. We have our dog with us. Such a perfect day!
“Just a perfect day, problems all left alone.”Lou Reed, Perfect Day
What does your perfect day look like? Let me know in the comments below.
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