I’m on Day 6 of my sugar/alcohol detox – and other than a brief moment of shortbread cookie weakness – I’ve been going strong.
The problem with this lifestyle change is that it severely stunts your social life. During this last month of warm weather, my friends are understandably preoccupied with patio hopping and boozy nights out. Alas, I have been finding other ways to keep myself preoccupied.
Every night, before I go to bed at an embarrassingly early hour, I head down to the pool, swim laps until I can’t breathe, and then finish off my night in my recently-discovered sauna, where I sit and meditate in unbearable heat until I’m so drenched in sweat that I must tap out, crawl into the cold shower and emerge a new person. I love it.
For a high-rise building such as mine, I’m consistently surprised how little people I run into during my nightly routine – everyone has to pay a monthly cost for these facilities but hardly anyone uses them. I essentially have an Olympic-sized swimming pool to myself each night. This is why I was startled around the 10-minute mark of my sauna session, when the door cracked open, and a middle-aged woman sauntered in and plopped down beside me. My first reaction was to grimace. I closed my eyes, leaned back and tried to retreat back into my happy place. But I couldn’t.
In the past, I would have given up and left. My nightly routine ruined by the presence of a stranger. Instead, I decided to break the awkward silence and say hi. We chatted for a bit (she was quite lovely), talked about the building, living in Toronto and even some of her travels to various retreats around the world. She then eloquently tapered off the conversation by saying, “I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to close my eyes and recharge now.” Perfect! We both spent the next 15 minutes in a comfortable silence now that the awkwardness had dissipated.
As I hit the 25-minute mark (my absolute sweaty beast record), we said our goodbyes and as I was exiting, she said, “Thanks for saying hi. I feel awkward sometimes in here with someone else.”
I slept like a baby.
Total Kindness Cost: $0