Friday, May 6, 2016

DAY 2—Feeling Tired, Just Like You

It’s only day 2 and I don’t know what to say… sorry friends, it’s not a good sign of things to come…

Today I am just flat-out, bone tired. It's been a stressful couple of weeks and I am starting to feel it everywhere—from my aching back to my foggy brain. 

I was just thinking how most parents can relate to that sensation, the dragging your weary self from place to place, eating smush-ed Goldfish as lunch and fighting the urge to burst out singing Paw Patrol, Paw Patrol, Be there on the double! It’s the moment when you say to someone, oh I just saw this great documentary on the wildlife of Madagascar, then you stop yourself because you remember it was actually a Wild Kratts episode but you are too ashamed to admit it…

But that is life with little kids, right? You don’t think it’s going to play out that like until you are knee deep in it—wading around in a swamp of forgotten legos and animal crackers, rocking out to Disney Radio.

But I know {and I say it a lot} that we are all dealing with our own things, and it’s dependent on where we are on our journey that determines how we react to it. Before kids, I would complain that I didn’t get enough sleep—but it was because I was out late with friends and had to get up to work the next day. And damn, that struggle was real. And I thought the moms that I worked with were insane for being tired just because they got up with their kids in the night…

Then I had kids and I smartened up, but not just about the mom-thing. About everything. I realized that some people have crippling anxiety and it may have taken more energy than running a marathon just to make it outside that day, some people have sick family members they are caring for, some people are working multiple jobs, some people are heartbroken, struggling with addiction, unhappy in their marriage, sad, depressed, scared and so much more.  

And you know what? We all get up every single day… We face our fears, we hug our kids, we smile, we embrace the moment because after all, it’s all about how we get up when we feel too tired to stand…

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