A lot of new challenges are popping up on the horizon -- things I've been wanting to do for a long time. Very, very good work and comedy things. More people than ever are going to be counting on me to do my best.
I've got to get even more serious and focused, and take the best possible care of myself. I've got to get good sleep, blast out a lot of energy in the gym, cram myself full of healthy food, and watch out for the twin pitfalls of "comedy food" and beer.
Yes, these are actual pictures of today's lunch. (God, it's so much dumb fun having an iSight camera.) A giant spinach and broccoli salad, five kinds of fresh fruit, and a fistful of vitamins -- even fish oil capsules, which give me weird burps for a few hours afterwards -- oh, here comes one now.
I also need to take better care of myself in other ways. Chill out and let myself enjoy the little things in life. Work more social fun into my calendar. Don't isolate myself and work like a crazy little red hamster when deadlines loom. Don't be afraid to ask for emotional support when I need it.
Another key thing I need to get a better handle on is dealing with the stress that comes from the negativity of others. The more I reach out of my comfort zone and push myself to do new things, the more I'm going to have to deal with people who don't like what I'm doing, don't like me, don't like themselves -- whatever those things are about. I'm always on the lookout for the nuggets of truth that are sometimes buried in angry criticisms, and I'm not a big grudge-holder, but I'm not going to absorb other people's unhappiness and misdirected anger and let it slow me down. If I'm going to do that, I might as well eat bacon burgers and vodka on a barstool at the Cubby Bear and scream at the ball game on tv all day.
Anyway, fruit, fun, and frolicking. That's what I want more of.
How do you strike a balance between life's responsibilities and personal well-being, and manage stress?