I think we can all agree that life gets busy. For me, it can sometimes be absolutely chaotic. With three kids and their activities, a husband, full-time job and church responsibilities… it’s hard to find time for myself. Now, if you read my ‘growing up mommy’ posts, you know that I used to be an extremely selfish person. I mean, I didn’t want kids because I didn’t want the responsibility. But we all know how that turned out. I now consider myself selfless and that is fine by me. My kids, hubby and church come before myself. However, I have also learned that I cannot take care of everyone else if I don’t take care of myself. As I was saying, it’s often hard to find time to do the things that I need.
Case in point, I love to run, but I haven’t been doing that lately. I have been so busy with the needs and wants of others, that I’ve exhausted myself. Instead of getting up early to do my usual three miles a day, I’m too tired to get out of bed. Easily fixable, you would think. Go to bed earlier. It’s hard when you’re up late working on a Sunday School lesson or cooking for a fundraiser, etc. Well, there comes a time when you need to realize you have taken on too much and you need to realize that it’s okay to say no. Sometimes, it’s about the quality of the things you do and not the quantity.
I haven’t been training much lately, but today I ran a race. It was only a 5K, but I finished it. It was hot, I was tired and it was hard… but it was amazing! I hadn’t really realized how much I missed it. Sitting here now, while I’m writing this, I am still in my running clothes and still a bit sweaty. My legs ache and it’s the best feeling. Today’s race was for me. I was allowed to be selfish and take an hour to myself and think about what made me feel good.
It’s important for us to recharge every once in a while. It gives us the strength to continue on with the things we know need to be done. It makes us feel good. It makes us feel alive! Alive, now that’s an incredible feeling!