Finding my way back again

I keep forgetting why I started to run in the first place, which was to find some much needed peace of mind. Time and again I get lost in 'wanting to run faster' and 'going further'.

And when that happens, running starts losing it's appeal to me. As I huff and I puff my way through the miles there is no room to find peace of mind, because all I'm thinking about is how much further I have to go, and whether I can stop running yet.

Luckily I usually start to realize this somewhere down the line. When running becomes just another chore on my to-do-list, like making mad and passionate love to my husband, I know I've forgotten again.

So the next time I go out for a run I take care nót to go fast. To just enjoy being outside, and looking at everything that surrounds me. That's when running starts feeling good again, like something I do for mé.

I have discovered the same thing happens with my parenting. Just like in running, I get lost in wanting to do better, worrying I'm not good enough, and all the joy gets sucked out of it! And that sucks. Because then I forget to enjoy my children and all the beauty they bring to my life.

So today when I went for a run, I ran just for the fun of it, and that's what I'm gonna do with my parenting today too.

So I want to toot my own horn for realizing I was on the wrong path, and finding my way back again!


Veronica Lee said...

And while you are running,don't forget to stop and smell the roses!

ModernMommy said...

Good for you finding your way again. We all need to stop sometimes and remember to take it all in.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful post. Thanks for reminding me that I need to enjoy my little girl and not worry so much about my parenting right and wrongs. You've truly inspired me today. Thanks! I'm glad you found your way.

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