I looked over my to-do list and realized there was nothing that I absolutely had to do in the next few hours.
My to-do lists often have little to do with actual deadlines. I self-impose deadlines that keep me days, weeks, or sometimes even months ahead. So there could be an item on my to-do list that no one else would even question whether it was done until weeks from now.
It’s how I juggle my family and work: by always being a few steps ahead for work so that when something inevitably comes up with my family, no one can tell the difference at work.
Though on this particular day, it wasn’t that there was a family emergency or even something fun going on at school since there were only a few days left.
In fact, since school was about to let out for summer, I realized it would be one of the last chances I had until fall to just do whatever the heck I wanted to, no kids in tow or babysitters to organize.
So I laughed at my to do list, knowing I could complete those items later in the day… or even the next week and I would still be ahead… grabbed my bag, and headed to the beach.
The beach is so much different after kids than before. It’s still one of my favorite places, but it’s usually pretty stressful. My boys no longer go dashing off like they did as toddlers and preschoolers, but there’s no such thing as taking my eyes off of them to read a book or take a nap. And sometimes I have to strain to hear the waves over their play.
This was my chance to sit down, dig my toes in the sand, read a book, watch the water, and just relax. So I took it.
I didn’t have to bring much with me, I didn’t have to watch out for anyone else, I could take in the sound of the waves, close my eyes and just breathe.
As much fun as we’re already having this summer, I’m glad I took those few hours for me.
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