Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Enjoying the Moment


Lately, I feel like I've been running in a self-imposed race for my entire life. I've always wanted to rush to the next phase of my life, whatever it might be.

Maybe it has something to do with me being the oldest child and the oldest grandchild. I was the oldest child in my extended family and grew up surrounded by adults. My cousins are all significantly younger than me. When I was a little girl, I couldn't wait to be a teenager. It seemed so exciting and "cool." In high school, I couldn't wait to get to college, in fact, I went to college a year early. In college, it seemed like so much time was spent planning for the "future" and writing resumes, getting the White House internship, and working towards "goals." The future was a constant thought.


After graduation from college, there was a rush to have a career, have a home, have a family, in no particular order. Everything was always at 150 miles an hour. I worked too much, sometimes partied too much; lots of things were in excess. Sometimes it was a blur and sometimes it was difficult to enjoy the moment because I was too concerned with what the next step in the road would be. When the girls were babies, there were so many times when I wished that they were older, out of diapers, not running in two different directions. Now I am nostalgic for those days. (I know, I must be crazy!)

Lately, I've been evaluating a lot of things in my personal life. While I still think that it's important to have future short and long term goals, I'm going to focus more time and energy on the present. My girls are growing up so quickly and I want to savor and enjoy every moment with them. The present can never be repeated; I have to live it to the fullest and then enjoy the memories we make today.

My Nana is known for her honest and sometimes hilarious comments. She once said that someone we know (who will remain nameless, but it's not me!) had one speed ~ REVERSE! It was the truth and in my opinion, stagnation is not an option. I don't ever want to stop moving forward; I don't ever want to stop evolving, but I want to slow things down just a little bit.


(images)

xoxo

15 comments:

  1. oldest grandkid and overacheiver in general too, I needed to hear this today, thank you a mil!

    xoox

    kHm

    ReplyDelete
  2. VERY good advice, Bethany! :-) I learned to do this when I "retired" from the corporate craziness and moved home. Occasionally I fall back into old habits...but thanks for reminding me. XOXO

    ReplyDelete
  3. Such a great and honest post. I feel the same way! Why is it so hard to just stop and enjoy the present. I've always had a mental checklist of things I want to do: college, career, get engaged, buy house, get married, have babies, etc. and seem to be in such a rush to check things off of the list when I should just stop and enjoy the journey. Thanks for the great advice :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've been doing this all summer and so happy that I have been!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Amen sistah! I am trying to put on the brakes these days. BUT - if I dont gogogo nothing gets done! Whaaa!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have been feeling exactly the same way! I don't want to look back one day and realize I missed the best years of my life. Time to slow down...just a little bit :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love this post!!!!
    It's so true that we live a go-go-go life... I think society really pushes it. It's so good to just slow it down once in a while and enjoy life.
    Thanks for such a great feel good post.XOXO

    ReplyDelete
  8. I needed to see this today. I've always had a certain amount of drive, but I struggle with not wanting to push for tomorrow so hard that I forget to live today. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I needed to read this today. Just trying to figure out how to slow down with the 4 kids... XOXO

    ReplyDelete
  10. I hate when life is too hectic, slowing down is key--but then what? I get ansy lol
    xoxo
    SC

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love that sign! Very true. And yes, enjoy and savor every moment with your children. Time flies!! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great post!! I feel the same way. I spend so much time preparing for the future I tend to forget to enjoy the present!! Thanks for the reminder.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wonderful post Bethany! I need to reread it too. I have learned to enjoy the now. My boys are a little older than your Minnies and I love (and sometime don't LOL) where they are. You are so right to enjoy the RIGHT NOW!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Bethany, I'm a few days behind on blog reading, but THANK YOU for this. I'm the oldest child and oldest grandchild too! I can't tell you how much I needed this...it's sometimes so hard to "trust the process"...but I hope you have some down time in your very near future to take in all the beautiful things around you and just BE. :) You are wonderful and we LOVE YOU! xoxox

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails