As I continue on my “happiness resolution” I was thinking about the authors’ (Gretchen Rubin) truths, “the days are long but the decades are short”. Which I imagine could open a whole great discussion about life and the meaning of it, but it did make me think about something, about where we place our priorities.
After reading this segment in the book I had a conversation with my husband about our work, he’s studying to be a nurse, and I am a nurse. He has aspirations to be a nurse practitioner, about as far as you can go as a nurse, while I was thinking about specialising in a specific area but I don’t know where that is. At the same time we have goals to buy a house and travel, but that is all long term stuff (other than the house idea but we’ll see how that pans out as the year goes on). It made me wonder, while we wait the time it takes for all of things things to transpire, what are we focused on now?
My goals this month are about “letting it go”. Which is working well for me, I am trying not to get too stressed at work, I am a little stressed about uni, but I guess at the end of the day if I fail I won’t have really lost anything, I will have learned more that I will have lost, or that I have no achieved. I am doing better around the house, even my husband has noticed me being a little less stressed, but are we focused on in the here and now? What do we look forward to? What are our goals? Are we so focused on the big things that we’re missing the little stuff?
Instead of complaining about the weather, I think it’s time to notice the weather, enjoy something about it. Make the most of BBQ’s in the summer, and snuggling up at home in the winter months. Read a book in the sunshine, or inside under a blanket. Get out the slow cooker and make some winter comfort meals.
This next week is very busy for me, I have a baby shower tomorrow, catching up with friends Sunday and Monday and I am hosting a Tupperware party on Tuesday, and a movie date with a friend on Wednesday. Plenty of time to experience the “long days”.
Those “long days” will one day be the days we wish we had appreciated more, rather than wishing them away. Every day we experience is a part of our journey, and one day it will come to an end. Before then we might forget parts of that journey, so we might as well make the most of them.