I found myself sitting down this weekend and realizing it felt a bit foreign to me. Nowhere to be, nothing that had to be done, no one to go see. I have not found myself in this situation for a very long time. I don't think I realized until I stopped that I have been moving so much this year (maybe I was too busy to notice).
It has been an emotional year for me with the highest of highs (marriage) and the lowest of lows (unexpected loss of a young loved one.) Perspective didn’t set in, it showed up and caused my life to skid to a sudden halt. Slow down now it said. Not a request but a demand.
I'm trying to heed that warning. Tommorrow is never guaranteed. Stop and smell the roses, or more seasonally appropriate, the pumpkin spice.
I have decided to follow the lead of my pets. I will look out the window at the beauty that is outside and i will lay down and feel the warmth of the sun on me. Hug the ones you love, especially your children. They are a precious gift.
Slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. Eat that homeade strawberry shortcake slowly and savor every bite.