What changes from childhood to adulthood that makes it impossible to enjoy the little things in life? A. was having the time of his life running and splashing through puddles tonight on our evening walk. I couldn’t help but wonder why I wouldn’t get the same amount of joy and excitement from something as simple as jumping in the mud and the water. Instead, I get hung up and stressed out about all the little things that really don’t matter and that are out of my control.
I am trying to make a concerted effort to be more mindful and “in the moment” – to really appreciate and enjoy the present moment as it is happening. This week will be the perfect opportunity for me to start practicing: Tomorrow we are hopping on a plane to Disneyland! There will be nothing more worth being in the moment for than my boys being in “the happiest place on earth.”
Wish me luck (and sanity) as I take two boys under three on a looong plane ride and into the fun of Disney! And hopefully all my mindfulness and fun will help me relax and de-stress before I have to present my summer research at a conference in San Diego at the end of next week! I’ll let you all know how it goes (the conference, the trip, and the mindfulness training) when I get back!