(This was originally posted on May 17, 2010.)
what is your outlet?
you know, what you do to blow off
steam and forget all your cares?
that thing you do that you just lose
that thing that when you're doing it you can forget
everything else - all your frustrations and cares and just get away from it all. almost to another world.
i heard some pastors talking about this over the weekend. their outlet
was running marathons and that kind of crap and i was just like "you're
crazy." but it was a good reminder to me that we all need our own
outlets. something that works for each of us.
usually when i'm so frustrated or bummed or life is so crazy that i
just need to "get away"... i can get away with just me and God. maybe
just to a quiet room, to my porch swing, to some beautiful spot... and i
can just pour my heart out to Him! it's beautiful. it's amazing. i can
"cast all my cares on Him."
that's also what a good date night is for sometimes. i have an amazing
wife. she lets me dump all my frustrations on her and she listens and
comforts me and attempts to cheer me back up.
but neither one of those are really an "outlet". they are people. (which are probably better long term solutions.)
Sometimes nothing is really "wrong", we just need to blow off some steam. just get away from it all - to an outlet.
For me it's definitely soccer. as a kid and even a high schooler (and
beyond) soccer was my "god". Not so much after i lost both my knees
(cartilage). but i definitely still love the game. can't play it very
well anymore but i love to play it so much. i can still lose myself in a
soccer game. it's a beautiful thing. i get wrapped up in every facet of
the game and lose myself in it.
So, i'm thankful to recognize it as a healthy outlet for me. i'm heading
to my soccer game tonight in about 10 minutes. great timing too because
i really need to blow off some steam and take out some frustrations.
(i'm thankful i can do this instead of beating my dog... jk)
whoever woulda thought soccer can be so spiritual? but so can fishing
or hunting or video games or reading or even running... or whatever
your outlet is.