I admit it, I really can be an anti-social sod sometimes and really and truly enjoy my own company! Although many people see me as an extrovert, I am more than happy to settle down at night, watch a good drama or potter around in my own wibbley wobbly world chatting to my angels or a random gnome which may have found itself in my sock drawer.
I am not a cave woman though and do enjoy the company of others - but i do also like to strike a balance between company and my own little Lisa's world.
Despite trying to keep this balance, I try to be flexible, always up for a spontaneous night out or a last minute request from clients or friends to catch up.
What I have realised this week though, is that often I need to protect my precious time alone and learn to say No to others who wish to share or 'pop over' during my pre-arranged ' Lisa Time'.
This week, trying to be the nice friendly people pleaser I am, I accepted a last minute invite from friends despite looking fwd to some quiet solitude time in my PJ's. I re-arranged my organised massage and long hot bath and looked forward to the arrival of friends. However, they had a last minute change of plan leaving me feeling tired and yes, I admit it, a little naffed of! However, these things happen so I openly re-arranged another night, well aware that this would indeed make me a busy little fairy this week with little time to chill and re-charge my own batteries.
Surprise! - The re-arranged night was again postponed as my guest had a change of last minute plans, leaving me (yet again) all dressed up and ready to go with alas, no where to go!
I take responsibility for my part here - rather than be so accommodating to other peoples needs, I need to be more accommodating of my own. This has been a lifelong pattern for me, changing my own plans when other people need me or re-arranging my own schedule just to fit in with others and keep them happy.
So, this week I start a new lesson. I will happily keep my much needed balance of Lisa time and social time as indeed it does keep me sane, happy and relaxed. I will learn to put my needs first and state them to other people. Those who love me will totally understand I am sure, but it's up to me to tell them!