🎶 "Do you think you can somehow slow down?" 🎶
Moms come in every shape and size and are scattered throughout the world. We are gifted this coveted role in different ways -- yet our celebrations and hardships are often the same. We spend our days doing the work of motherhood and then grab onto a few special moments begging time to just stand still.
We drive ourselves crazy trying to keep up. We move frantically through our days. And as a result, we're so tired. So, so tired. When we get honest, we're haunted by the knowledge that life's most beautiful gifts - like lunches with life-long friends - just can't be rushed.
I stopped caring what everyone else was doing with their child. I stopped expecting that my son would want to participate and I just let him be 3 years old. Life became a whole lot calmer. And cheaper.
It seems many of us have a fear of failing, or not doing enough, or not doing it "right." We are afraid that if we leave that inbox unattended, we will seem irresponsible. If we leave the dishes in the sink for that moment, we are just creating more to do later.
We have made listening to music in the car our special time together. It is something we even crave sometimes. We will take a ride in the car just because we want to, with no destination in mind. I sometimes thank God that his school and camp are at least a 30-minute drive away.
Life is short, yet we spend an awful lot of it in angst about our past, present and future. We push ourselves to keep working and producing when we just need a little break -- a nap, a beach day, a walk.
As impossible as it may feel to slow down and live by "island time" back home in my hectic, New York City life, sometimes it's a lesson I took from my roots that carries immeasurable value when it comes to leading a balanced, fulfilling life.