“Take some time to enjoy the view,” happens to be The View’s tag line. It is also a very compelling point. Life goes so fast and so many things are thrown at you on a daily basis that it’s easy to have time pass you by without even noticing or appreciating the beauties of life’s subtleties. Yesterday was a beautiful day; the weather was perfect for a pharmaceutical rep. Yet the day went by and I barely acknowledged the beauty of the day because I was busy going through normal daily activities. Today, however, is a miserable, rainy day and I can’t stop thinking negatively about how much the day is dragging me down. I need to shift my perspective to appreciate the good things as much, if not more, than I do the bad things.
Saturday my little prince is turning two. On one hand, I can’t believe that he is two. He was born yesterday, where did the time go? On the other hand, I can’t remember what my life was like without him. I remember before he was born, Adam and I discussed how we were going to be the kind of parents that don’t let a baby hold them back from doing the things adults like to do like going out for long dinners to restaurants, travel, etc. Now two years into parenthood, an exciting weekend includes hanging at home or maybe a birthday party at a local kids friendly venue. How we have changed in two years! We have changed our style; we go to sleep early, sleeping until 7:30 am is a treat, Elmo is no longer annoying but a savior in our eyes, etc. And as time passes, we get so caught up in the daily hustle and bustle and forget to soak up every moment. We are so focused on our daily routines – bath time, brushing teeth, read stories and bedtime. Instead we should be marveling in how our two year old loves the bath now, how he finally has teeth and what we went through during the teething process, how he can sit through a story that is longer than two pages and how bedtime consists of singing songs and kisses.
So tonight, my last Tuesday with my first born being one year old, I’m going to marvel in the beauty of our night time rituals instead of focus on my frustration of frantically preparing for bed. I’m going to enjoy this rainy night and the positives of it all.