This past weekend my daughter was arriving back into town at the same time the Super Bowl would be on. Picking her up would make me miss a good chunk of the big game. I thought about having her take a cab to get home, but it would be night time and she would be alone, so I wasn’t comfortabe with that. I had the same safety concern with her taking a local train. It crossed my mind to arrange for a town car, but I figured that would be $75 or $100, and I still didn’t want her taking that alone.
Then the idea came!
I asked her to see if one of her friends could pick her up and drive her home, and I would pay $20. Bingo! A safe way for her to get home, not a big bill for me but a good amount for a teen, and I get to watch the Ravens play the 49ers.
This got me thinking about how we make choices to care for ourselves. Are you willing to pay more if it’s something that will help you or make you more comfortable? Are you willing to accept help, if that lets you be more comfortable or more able to do things at another time.
Cold bothers my pain condition, and some years ago, I made the decision to keep our home at 70 degrees in the winter. This results in higher gas bills and bothers my environmental heart, but I don’t endure a continual low grade ache because of the cold. For me, that’s a worthwhile trade off.
Some of my patients buy boxes of the disposable drugstore heat packs that you activate, which last 1-2 hours. This adds up to a significant extra cost, but allows them to be more comfortable while out doing things.
What are some tradeoffs you’ve weighed? What self care ideas do you have that are important and worth it to you? (If there are at least several ideas in the comments, I’ll include all of them in a future post.)