It is completely normal to lose our way.
Normal to get involved with petty arguments.
Normal to look outside of ourselves for all the answers.
Normal to be angry at little things and normal to lose our focus in the day to day life of living.
I didn’t say that it was RIGHT!
It is definitely a part of being human and living our lives, and it takes some discipline, and a lot of self-reflection, to find our way back to being the person that we want to be.
School holidays are a real struggle for me to stay focused on the things that are important for my well-being, and therefore my positivity of being a mum. My exercise becomes non-existent, my food choices become less healthy, I buy wine and cider to drink at home, and I tune out from friends and people in general. It’s almost as if I take a ‘break’ from my life. Ok – so that’s not necessarily a terrible thing, however, it also takes me a little while to get my priorities back on the right path again once the holidays are over.
It takes a couple of days of the kids being back at school before I can re-focus, and re-prioritise, and re-jig myself into all the things that I love.
It takes me a couple of days to let small (and big) irritations go, because I haven’t been ‘looking after myself’ I’m not thinking about letting things go, and I’m holding on to drama and anger.
But today – is different. It started off pretty dramatic, and drama-fueled, but as the hours of gone by, and I’ve caught up with a friend, and ticked things off my list, I have taken some time to reflect, and let go.
This is my challenge to you today, and for the week.
Think about yourself. Think about any residual irritation, any drama, any upsets that are holding you back, and then let them go, refuse to get into those ‘head’ discussions, refuse to let your thoughts go to moments of frustration. Think instead about the sun shining, the vegie garden growing, the excitement of the new term and sports for the kids, and focus on the little happy things again.
We need this reminder at different times of the year – cause as I said – it’s normal to just get caught up in everything.