Today was our daughter’s first birthday party, tomorrow she officially is a year old. It has been both the longest and shortest year of my life.
During this first year of her life, I have re-examined my priorities and time many times. As she has grown and changed, I have changed as well. I’m naturally a “type A” personality, so going with the flow is not my specialty. One lesson I’ve learned is that time is going to pass no matter what. But I have control on how I will spend that time and enjoy it. My priority is my family, first and foremost. Choosing to work less, workout less and have a messier house are choices I’ve made, perhaps sacrifices. But they’re not sacrifices when I get to spend days with our daughter. I get to raise her, watch her grow and blossom. Being her mother is my biggest accomplishment to date.
Perhaps you’ve seen the video on Facebook about babies- “the nights are long, but the years are short”. I don’t think this could be anymore true. Whether you have children or not, life and time continue without stopping. It’s up to you to decide how you will spend your time. Too often I see people with their screens in front of them during events or moments. Maybe it’s to take video or pictures, but personally I think there’s something about experiencing a moment.
Time is something we can’t buy or get more of, nor can we get it back. I challenge you to think about your past year. Are you making the most of it- enjoying life events, precious everyday moments and going after your goals?