As if you don't already have enough to do, eh? Seems like I've been crazy busy this week and it's only Tuesday. Hannah is my priority, my full-time job...but I also work part-time at the gym, plus I consider household maintenance a huge part of my responsibilities. My husband does enough from 8 to 5. I love that he's so willing to help out when he gets home from work, but I like to have as much of it done as I can. Sometimes I don't get any of it done.
I'm learning to accept that.
I'm learning to accept that I don't have to get everything done in one fell swoop. There are essential items on the to-do list, and there are items that can and will get done when I can and will do them. If I'm constantly going and doing and checking things off the list...well, what else am I missing out on? I learned this point pretty quickly after Hannah was born.
When it comes to the to-do list, I like to do as much as I can. But getting things checked off doesn't define me. It doesn't define my abilities. It doesn't define who I am nor does it define my self-worth. But when it comes to the list of things I want to do for the sake of living a great life, like hanging out with my daughter in a pile of toys or reading a delicious book while she naps, going for a run or making crazy good nut butters...those are the things that define my existence.
Those are the things that mold and shape me into the person I am. Those are things that make life grand. Not laundry, organizing or anything else task-ish. Granted, those things need to be done, but they can take a back seat to other, more experienceable things if need be. Because why? Life is meant to be lived. The more we do, the more we can be ourselves in a happy existence.
Yes, sitting down and doing nothing is still doing something.
And it's a good thing to do, really.