Today as I drove home from my business class (more on that later), I saw a woman with headphones on and she was walking with her arms raised, singing away.
It made me smile.
Shortly after that, I saw a bag of golf clubs at the bus stop. Strange, I thought. Then I saw a younger man practicing his swing in the shade near the clubs. He was practising his swing while he waited for the bus.
And aside from just making my day so much brighter, I realized there was a serious point being made by these people by the universe to me.
Do it. DO all the stuff. Whenever, wherever. Just do it all.
It doesn’t matter if you look crazy, what matters is that you are enjoying your life.
As a young mama, it can be hard to see that as a possibility. A new baby is all consuming. Diapers, feedings, sleepless nights…it’s rough! It doesn’t mean you aren’t the happiest you might ever be in your whole life. But it is still rough.
And, now with school-aged children, I can tell you the all-consuming feeling is with you always. And that is the difficult and joyous thing about parenting. How we see it, and how we deal with it will determine our lives and the lives of our children.
Something I’ve touched on with a lot of mamas is that they don’t want to lose their personal identity. Whether you feel that when your baby is little, or school age, or out of the house. It will come, at one point of another.
So I guess what I’m saying is, even if you have to stick on your earphones for 5 minutes a day while you do the laundry or wait for a doctor’s appointment (well maybe not, because they might send you straight to psychology department) and belt out a tune or two, just do it. Whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you feel alive, whatever makes you feel YOU, do that. A lot.
It will make a difference. Trust me.
It took a while for me to get back here, after the loss of my parents. But they lived life to the fullest, and that made them the special, unique, wonderful people I have the honour of calling my parents. So, in honour of them, for myself and for the benefit of my children, and my husband, I will do all the things. It is a ripple effect. Honest.
If you need a mission statement to help you begin, I made one here. And you know what? There is nothing better than dancing around the house with a baby on your hip. One of my fondest memories with my children was when they were that age and we danced and I sung and they giggled.
Children are the best excuse to let loose and have fun.
Now if you will excuse me, I have been invited to make a flip dive into our pool by my boys.
PS If you want to see other goofy pics of me, and my mama life, you can follow me on Instagram. 😉