I don't know why it is so hard for a person like me to live in the right now. I have always had so many plans and dreams for myself, realistic or not, that I have been in a constant state of anticipation for the next step in my life. Always working on advancing my career, the next DIY craft project or making and growing a baby;) Not that this is always a bad thing, it can propel me forward toward my goals and keep me motivated. However, living this way has caused me to stop enjoying the present because I was always reaching for the future.
This maternity leave has been just what I needed. Not only do I have the most perfect little girl to get to know as well as spend more time teaching and watching my son grow and learn, I really, for the first time in forever, feel like I am living in the present. Really feeling it....and enjoying it.
I am finding myself enjoying the activities of daily life that had seemed so monotonous and trivial to me just weeks ago. Drinking a good cup of coffee, bath time and bedtime routines, making dinner. I really can't explain or pin point what caused the shift in me. Maybe I was waiting and longing for my daughter to join our family and now that she is here, I feel more complete. Maybe it is the endless hours of nursing her that forces me to slow down. Maybe it is this break from my job that I so desperately needed. I don't know.
What I do know is that is feels good to live this way. To feel everyday instead of rushing, rushing, rushing. It's not that I don't have goals and dreams for the future anymore, I just don't feel in such a hurry to get there.
What am I enjoying today? Easter basket shopping:)
I seriously had so much fun buying Easter basket goodies. And I realized that one day, my kids will be grown and I won't get to do things like buy Easter basket goodies. They won't need me to bathe them or make them dinner or read them stories. They won't wake me up at night or require my attention every second of the day.
Of course, this realization does not make being a mother any easier. It is hard as hell to be a mom (or a dad). There are moments that are absolutely maddening or gross (I don't know if my bathroom floor will ever be clean again) or exhausting. But they are upstaged by the moments that melt your heart and fill you up with joy.
For the first time in a long time, I can say I don't know for sure what my future holds for my career or my family (Are we done having kids or not???). I am just going to take it day by day and keep trying to live and enjoy the present the best I can.