It’s been quite awhile since my last blog post; about five months to be exact. A new school year began, and with my first pregnancy a new season of my life began. While these things are incredibly exciting, I have found myself straying farther and farther from the things I love to do and continuously giving in to stress and deadlines instead. Although I do realize the significance and importance of life’s responsibilities and priorities, I find myself wondering; why do we think we have an unlimited amount of time?
There are many quotes about time, both how fleeting it is and how precious, but the following is my favorite: “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”- Mother Teresa.
It’s interesting how we often do not follow our own advice. I often find myself telling my students things such as “don’t grow up too fast” or “don’t wish the day away.” However, I do the same thing myself. Instead of enjoying the moment I’m in, I often worry and stress about the next moment or event. Instead of enjoying being pregnant, I’m anxious for Thomas to be here. Instead of doing more things I love, like writing, reading, and organizing, I get so overwhelmed that I do nothing or I only do the things I’m required to do.
Why aren’t the things we love to do just as valuable a use of our time as the things we need to do? Surely we are not meant to spend all of our hours working, stressing, planning, and preparing for the next thing. I’ve found that when I take the time, even 30 minutes out of the day, to do something I really enjoy, it enriches everything else I have to do as well. When I take 30 minutes to read a book I love, it makes it so much easier to work on lesson plans or balance my checkbook. When go for a walk, it makes it significantly better later when I have to do laundry and clean. I know these things, yet I never make doing things that I love a priority.
As I prepare to welcome a child into the world, I want to be a more balanced person. I want to be able to show him that although work, responsibilities, and deadlines are important, there are other aspects of life that mean just as much. If this were my last day, I would hate to think that I spent the entirety of it worrying and running myself ragged. The following is the list of things I plan to do in order to bring myself joy. I hope you are encouraged to make one yourself, and make sticking to it a goal. Remember, all we have is today.
- Listen to three new podcast episodes a week.
- Read for twenty minutes a day (Just like I tell the kids to.)
- Write a blog post once a week.
- Spend time outside with Chris and Riddick at LEAST once a week.