April 8, 2018
Make It Easy On Yourself
Those of us who devote major time and energy taking care of others often forget to take care of ourselves.
The opening line of the old Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic, “Make It Easy On Yourself,” came to mind this week. I was yet again chastising myself for not accomplishing enough on the “take-care-of-everything-and-everyone-around-me” front.
The song is off theme, being a romantic break-up song, but the title could just as easily be “Take It Easy On Yourself.”
We’ve all been told that parents in an airplane emergency should put their oxygen mask on first to remain functional and able to help others.
Wise friends remind me to apply that to life in general. Even the most steadfast caregivers need to take a break. Stop being so demanding of ourselves. Take the easier path once in a while.
When our family hits an energy slump and we want to take a walk in a beautiful place without driving far or climbing high, we often end up at Crissy Field, spending a little bit of beach time, catching views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, and taking the quirky walk to the Wave Organ, half science project/half art installation.
This week’s Hike Notes are an easy destination right in San Francisco, the Wave Organ-Crissy Field. This is an outing that offers high impact views with low energy output.
Please feel free to share. If you’re not able to take one of these Northern California hikes, hopefully you can enjoy the photos!
Hike Notes 1: Marin Headlands Visitor Center to Rodeo Beach
Hike Notes 2: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Hike Notes 3: Lands End Lookout to Mile Rock Beach
Hike Notes 4: Muir Beach to Pirates Cove
Hike Notes 5: Devil’s Slide
Hike Notes 6: Wave Organ- Crissy Field
Sharing insights and hiking highlights (Hikes, Hike Search by Area) from the special needs caregiver front in San Francisco.