"I hold back, sometimes I won't. I feel good, sometimes I don't." Those words, from the Drake song "God's Plan" have been stuck in my head for weeks, along with the words that close the refrain: "And still."
The perfect guidance for life is hidden in a children’s song that’s been around forever. “Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream…” Those are the lyrics to a song you’ve likely known since you were little.
It’s really hard to do things for yourself when you’re a mom. And you have to do them anyway. Carve out little chunks of time for yourself, whether it’s five minutes or a whole hour. Prioritize sanity over dishes, until you reach a place where you can keep both under control.
Like yoga, letting go is a practice. You're never done, never perfect. The art is in learning what's worth hanging on to, and what isn't. When you let go of all the stuff that doesn't matter, you have more room (and patience and strength and passion and energy) for the things that do.
You don’t need to wait for another life to arrive and rearrange your organs, your thought process, your life. You can do it for yourself. What do you want? What do you believe? What do you feel in your gut?
“Are you happy, mama?” My daughter started asking me this a lot, about a year ago. I’m not sure why. She asked it sometimes when she was reading the scowl on my face. I understood why she was asking it. But other times, we would be in the course of a normal moment in a normal day and it would come: “Are you happy?”
Listen. Listen. The world is trying to tell you something.
There are messages in the dragonflies that seem to follow you everywhere, in the way the wind whips up at just the right moment, in the clock showing you the same time when you wake every night, sweaty and confused.
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