Recently I’ve had a number of conversations with friends and family about how life just seems to keep getting busier and days are filled with going from one task to the next, without ever really enjoying the moment or having space to breathe and just be.
We’re all so task orientated. Preoccupied with doing our thing – working, studying, being parents, running a business, getting ahead. The life juggle. The daily grind. We forget to do the stuff that makes us happy. That makes us feel alive.
The stuff that brings us joy.
For a really long time I was so caught up in the cycle of sleep deprivation, all I could think about was sleep. I would wake up in the very early hours of the morning after being up several times during the night and there was no time for thinking about what I was doing, I was in survival mode. Simply getting through each day running the house and trying to be the best mummy and wife I could be – I would then fall into bed each night in a cloud of exhaustion only to wake up and repeat. Over and over again.
If you had seen me, I would have had a smile on my face – but I would have been wondering how the hell I was going to get through my day and to-do list while feeling so utterly sleep deprived.
Slowly we have been overcoming our sleep challenges (for anyone out there who is struggling – I feel you) and I have started doing fun stuff, and slowly remembering all the things that make me happy. Taking time to stop and breathe.
Breathe my beautiful girls in. I am all too well aware of the ticking clock. Next year Ava starts kindy and my precious time with my beautiful big girl will soon be replaced by school drop offs and activities. Those precious first years are years you can never get back. I am holding onto them as tightly and dearly as I can.
‘I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get onto the next thing: dinner, bath, book bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and getting it done a little less’ Anna Quindlen
We have been doing our best to live in the moment just that bit more. Having picnics in the park for dinner. Blowing bubbles. Reading lots of books. Playing puzzles. Baking.
And I’ve also been doing fun stuff just for me. I went to see a movie for the first time in over a year with a friend. The Hundred Foot Journey. It was a blissful few hours of escape doing something I love. (Great movie by the way! Loved it.)
I’ve got lots of other fun things on my list. Cafe’s I want to go to. Parks I want to visit with my girls. Books I want to read. Friends I want to catch up with.
I’m going to do my best to be a little less task orientated and treasure the doing a little more.
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Have you been struggling with the daily grind too?
What are the things that bring you joy?0