My friend Kristi Trimmer just asked a question on Facebook, “What do you miss?”
I don’t know if it is because I’m totally relaxed and ready for bed or the heart to heart conversation I just had with the love of my life, but as soon as I read Kristi’s question a flood of things came to mind.
Instead of jotting them down on a Facebook comment to be lost forever, I thought I’d write them down here for safe keeping. That way I can incorporate some of my favorites back into my life now and in the near future. :-)
Here is what I miss…
I miss having time to sew, paint, practice photography, fly, throw pottery, write, sleep in, read an entire book in an afternoon, sit and listen to music for the pure joy of it, wander through art fairs, brew beer, make love whenever, stay out all night without having to worry about getting up the next day, snuggle my babies, daily afternoon naps, doing home improvement projects, talk on the phone to girlfriends, sit on the swing watching the sun set over the lake with my husband as newlyweds, reading bedtime stories over and over with my kids, finger painting followed by muck bucket baths, building Lego mansions, doodling, kissing whenever, shopping trips with my mom, trips to Chicago, hugging and talking to my Grandpa, and Nana & Popo, swinging a tennis racquet and feeling the ball hit the sweet spot just right, the woodsy smell of the cabin, TV shows like Friends and Mad About You, building obstacle courses in the back yard with my sister, coffee with my dad on high school mornings, the warmth of laying in the sun without a worry of skin cancer, starting a new semester of classes, finishing a semester of classes, campfire cookout breakfasts in the forest preserve with the kids, sitting on the patio with lanterns dreaming about our future, watching Northern lights from the pier, feeling the warmth from our lab sleeping on my feet, her happy welcome wag every time I walked in the back door, and taking super long steamy hot baths.
There are a few things I miss that I will never get to experience in this lifetime again, like hugging my grandparents and snuggling my newborn babies, but the remarkable thing about this list, is that I could do the majority of the items today if I so choose. It was a good reminder to me to slow down and live in the moment instead of always rushing to the next appointment or task on my to-so list.