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When was the Last Time You Played Hookie?

By Sandy Schroeder

The thought of "playing hookie" can trigger a flashback to school days. If you are not familiar with the term, “playing hookie” is slang for skipping out for the day. The idea is to take the day off, just spontaneously escaping from your normal routine.

If that sounds appealing as you wade through your usual tasks, you might consider it. Think where you would love to go, what you would do if you had a completely free day. What it would feel like to just relax and have fun? Then do it.

Figure out a way to make it happen.  Here are some thoughts on how to do it.

Do the homework to make it great – Once you have committed to the idea, take a little time to think about the details that will make it work. There may be a lake or a park that you never get to, a favorite food that just never happens, or a hobby from the past that has gotten lost in the shuffle. Or a free day for you might be getting up really late, having a huge country breakfast, and finding a quiet spot outside to just read and relax. Later you might have a small supper with close friends.

Fill in the blanks – Once you make a choice, follow through to round up what you need. Or maybe it will be totally free-form. All you have to do is be there enjoying it. The time can be structured, or completely open. It’s your day. Do it your way.

Unplug – To really “play hookie,” you need to shut down your electronics. There are no calls to make or emails to check. This is just you, enjoying open time and space. You will be back on duty tomorrow.

Savor the time – Really special days do not taste, feel or smell like the ordinary. Instead of burgers, this may be the time for steak. Biking might replace driving. Hookie days are not days for chores, or sensible foods. Apricot pastry might replace apricots. Apple pie might win out over apples. You might wander through a flea market, sit by the water, or join a friend on a wilderness hike. This is the time to do whatever you want -- even if it's watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

I have friends who have made this an art. They use hookie days to recharge their minds and rediscover their dreams. When you try it, be prepared to be surprised, and pleased.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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