It is the middle of the tenth month of 2020, yet somehow I swear this year has had 10,265 months in it and I know I can not be the only person who feels this way.
This year has been quite a mess. So many things have happened and it seems like a nightmare half the time or one really terrible April fools joke. Is this really happening or am I just imagining things?
One thing that has become apparent this year, at least for me personally, is that it is important to look for the humor in situations. When I sat down to write this it was after realizing another thing had just happened in regard to the political world (hi, friendly reminder to please vote! use your voice people!!!) and I felt like once again this country/this year was on a fast track, or maybe a long slow torturous journey, to a burning hell hole. I know I am not alone in feeling like this. I was thinking about writing something a bit more serious or maybe even preachy about the upcoming election but I decided instead to think about something happy and funny and to maybe help spread a little bit of cheer to you on this weekend.
So here we go, let me take you on a journey.
The other day I was at work. I love my job. I swear I work for the nicest family I have ever met. The mom and dad are always making sure to show their gratitude to me for helping around the house and for watching their kiddo. The grandparents are amazing too and they are so sweet. It was just an average day with a toddler which consists of doing 65 activities every few minutes. B (I am not going to use the baby’s full name) is full of energy and she is a very curious child, which I love so much! You can tell she is always taking in what you tell her and observing things around her. On this day she decided that she wanted to play with stickers. This is a fun activity for her to work on motor skills of getting the sticker off the sheet and to see her creativity with which stickers she chooses and where she places them.
At the beginning of this activity the stickers were making their way to the paper. I must say this creation of B’s was the best so far! I wish I had a picture but I do not. By the end of this activity she thought that it would be a wonderful idea to put stickers on my butt. She kept saying “stickies butt!!!!” I thought what the heck if this is going to make her happy, let’s do it! A few minutes later I had the best looking butt I have ever had all thanks to a toddler with an eye for design and the magical thing that is stickers.
As weird as it sounds that is exactly what I needed to happen. Let the amazing creativity and silly side of a toddler come out and let her show me how an activity we have done many times before could have a fun new twist to it.
She definitely reminds me to always be living in the moment and to not take life so seriously.
The next story I have for you is about Milo. He is my brother and sister-in-law’s puppy. He is about six months old and he has a lot of energy. He is very curious and still learning what it is like to be out in nature. My dad and I took him through these really neat trails about an hour away from where we live. It was full of falling leaves and I swear you have never seen a more excited dog. He was chasing the leaves blowing in the wind and he was smelling all the smells.
A few days later I took Milo on a four mile walk around my town and he was teaching me how to walk at what I could only call an Olympian speed walking pace. I genuinely think I have jogged slower than I was walking on this particular walk. We had a lot of fun exploring and I let him lead me. When we got home he was extremely tired. I think he actually fell asleep before he was fully laying on the floor. He has these cute little snores when he is sleeping. When his parents came to get him I sat down on the floor to say goodbye to him and he came over and hugged me. He truly put his paws around my waist and put his head on my shoulder. It melted my heart. This little pup loves me.
Some people don’t like kids and some people don’t like dogs. I am not one of those people. I think you can learn a lot of life lessons from kids, and dogs are a great companion.
Two lessons that these two stories taught me are really truly live in the moment and don’t take life too seriously.
Even though this year has probably taken a dump on your soul (or maybe you got out unscathed in which case lucky you) life is not one huge tragic thing and neither is this year.
There are good moments when we allow them to happen.
If you feel like your life is ending or like you are in some super terrible place in life, know that good things are on the horizon.
Look for ways to be present and to have some fun.
I hope you end up with some stickers on your butt or you go out and chase some leaves, whatever makes you happy.
Until next time,