It’s January and another year is here. I’m not sure about you but it feels as though 2018 is going to be an epic year. Yes, I know epic is a bit strong but 2018 feels good already, really good. I think it’s because there’s a whole lot of stuff that I’ve decided to leave in 2017.
I was inspired to let go of a few things after coming across the Let Go video that The Sanctuary released on social Media at the end of 2017. The message was simple. What basic and simple things aren’t you doing because you’re busy rushing, doing, working, striving? The video really made me think about all the things that I’ve been doing that aren’t necessary and most certainly aren’t improving my life most of the time although I’ve convinced myself that they are.
So I’ve decided to let go of the big little things which are rushing, stressing and trying to supervise the children as much as I can. All these things have often caused me more pain than they’re worth.
Rushing has led to many near misses – accidents and mistakes some of which have been BIG. Stressing has led to less enjoyment of some great experiences and don’t forget trying to supervise/guiding the children as much as possible. Yep, I’m that helicopter parent who likes to be around and always nearby just in case of what, I don’t know. Anyway, that’s no longer going to be the case because constantly trying to be there all the time was stressful and when I wasn’t there I felt guilty. Really guilty which put me into an unending cycle that has left me uncomfortable and unfocused. And what’s hilarious, is after all the rushing and stressing to be there for the kids, the few times that I haven’t been there I don’t think they’ve even noticed and they certainly weren’t mortally affected by my absence. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to abandon the kids and totally leave them to it but there’s going to be much more space for all of us.
For 2018 I’m done with many of the unnecessary things in my life. I’m spending 2018, calm, collected and present so that I can be a better person, mother and wife. To do this I will need to take more time for myself by not doing many of the things I felt that I had to do. I will plan and be prepared and when things don’t work out I’ll take it in my stride and there’s going to be much more time for the big little things – hugs and quality time without all the other stuff.
What do you think are you’re going to let go of in 2018?