You’ve got the house, great job and reliable car. You’ve got the husband and kids. You even have the friendly dog! You’ve waited your whole life for this.
So, what’s next?
Breakfast needs to be made. The dirty laundry is ready for washing. Your daughter has spelling words to study. Your son wants you to lift him up for the eighth time (literally) to fill up the eighth cup with water, just so he can take a sip and do it again with the next colorful cup. “YAY!” he screams with excitement after each tiny sip of cold refrigerator water. Success!
Meanwhile, you want to rearrange your living room for the 18th time just to add something different into your life. It sure does freshen up a room! *Deep exhale.
Rinse, wash and repeat.
Once you hit a certain threshold in your life, it becomes what I call the maintenance period. Maintain what you’ve got so it doesn’t implode on you: rinse, wash and repeat. These things have to be done, right?
You rush through life to get to where you want to be. Now I have an annoying wrinkle between my brows, bills, and even a few gray hairs. The super exciting stuff goes too fast: weddings, milestone birthdays, holidays. Once you get here, how can you appreciate the times so they don’t go 100 miles per hour? How can you really appreciate these times?
Appreciate the times.
My little sister is getting married in less than one week. WHAT?!?!? Um, didn’t he just propose marriage? Are we here already? Her life is coming together how she has always dreamt it would. She will soon have the children, house and canine running in the yard. My darling little sitter will find herself exactly where I am right now – sitting on the kitchen stool wondering what my next adventure will hold and when. I just want her to take pause and enjoy each and every moment. Don’t look back or forward too much. Just enjoy today! It goes so fast.
Get your catcher’s mitt on!
I am normally a pretty positive person. Things have happened in my life, and other people’s lives around me, to help me understand that life throws you lemons. Things can and will happen that are ugly. I’m not exactly waiting for these things to happen, but I am not going to be surprised when they do. Is that bad? I don’t want to pretend that everything is peaches and cream. Life isn’t like that – watch the news, not Disney movies. There are amazing times, yes. But it’s a mixed bag of good, bad, worse, mediocre, incredible and terrible.
How can you enjoy life no matter what stage you find yourself in?
- Appreciate the now
- Change things up
- Get out of town
- Call or text your friends to see what’s new
- Get out of the house
- Do something different
- Smile about the little things
- Slow down
- Hug your kids a few seconds longer
- Incorporate more things or people into your life that you love (or might love)
- Get the things out of your way that are weighing you down
- Start a new project
- Go out of your way to help someone in need
- Have a girl’s night
- Go out on a date
- Go on an adventure
If you find yourself in a rut, please understand that you are not alone. #TRUST. Appreciate your life as much as you can. As far as I know, you only get one. When life is stuck on treadmill mode, it’s time to change things up a bit.
Hey Bestie, I think it’s time for that short road trip we’ve been talking about…
This post was written while drinking coffee, typing and hugging my kids.