I heard someone talking on the radio this morning about wanting to get a massage but they couldn’t find the time. I was in the shower when I heard this (yes, I have a radio in the shower) and it reminded me of when I was browsing through a boutique yesterday that stocks a lovely assortment of French body creams, lotions, bath gels and the like. I didn’t really want to buy anything, I just wanted to browse.
As the shop assistant kindly stood by me and showed me every lavender product they had, she pointed out that the bubble bath was a must.
‘Not for me, I’m afraid.’ I told her, quite adamantly.
She looked at me as if she didn’t hear what it was that I was actually saying. ‘No? Why not?’ she persisted.
I began my story of how I’ve lived in my house for nine years and never have used the bath. I was on a roll and I continued to tell her that I’ve filled up a beautiful warm and bubbly bath for my children nearly every day for the last few years and how I long to hop in myself one day – but I don’t.
Her eyes were big and round in disbelief. "No! Surely not! Nine years? I think it’s time you hopped in that bath!" She picked up the large bottle of luxurious lavender scented bubble bath gel and waved it in front of me.
As the words spilled from my mouth, I actually heard so many voices in my head saying; ‘Gillian you need to spoil yourself; get a massage; look after yourself; have a bath for goodness sake!’
I have to admit, I did walk out of that shop empty handed, however, the prompting that I heard on the radio this morning, along with those very loud voices in my head have encouraged me to book in a pedicure and manicure. Next week, I will book myself in for a massage AND make it a point to have at least one relaxing bath each week. A little bit of bliss is not too much to ask for is it?
My point is, from this moment on, I, Gillian, promise to spoil myself every so often and reap the benefits that spoiling oneself ensures. How about you? Do you get to spoil yourself at all?
© Gillian Du Caurroy 2015
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