Things I Would Miss
Hello Friends! Happy Thursday! Do you know the feeling of being stuck in a rut? Sometimes you can find yourself in a creative rut, sometimes you can find yourself in a culinary rut (been there, done that so many times), and other times, still, you find yourself just going through the motions of your daily routine - a life-rut?
It's funny the things that pull you OUT of said ruts, isn't it? One minute, you are feeling down and sorry for yourself, then the next you look up to see things a little more clearly, and you start to wonder how the hell you got down there, because your life is so damn beautiful.
While I'm not necessarily talking about the deep well that is depression - I will be the first to attest that it is SO easy to get caught up in feelings, big and small. Let this be a gentle reminder that whether you are currently feeling overwhelmed, or sad, or stuck - there is always light, there is always hope, and there is always beauty, so long as you are willing to find it and open yourself up to gratitude. I know I may sound like a broken record, but bear with me.
PS: You should never be afraid to look or ask for help should you feel you need it.
Recently, I read a beautiful passage by the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who also wrote the essay You May Want to Marry My Husband (insert all the crying emojis). This excerpt was taken from her novel Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life:
RETURNING TO LIFE AFTER BEING DEAD – When I am feeling dreary, annoyed, and generally unimpressed by life, I imagine what it would be like to come back to this world for just a day after having been dead. I imagine how sentimental I would feel about the very things I once found stupid, hateful, or mundane. Oh, there’s a light switch! I haven’t seen a light switch in so long! I didn’t realize how much I missed light switches! Oh! Oh! And look – the stairs up to our front porch are still completely cracked! Hello cracks! Let me get a good look at you. And there’s my neighbor, standing there, fantastically alive, just the same, still punctuating her sentences with you know what I’m saying? Why did that bother me? It’s so…endearing.
What are things you would miss? What are those mundane things that you tend to overlook day to day? Having a kid pulls you out of weird ruts MANY times, but often you get lost in the routine of things, too.
So, in the spirit of sharing that which makes my life pretty mundane, but also really damn beautiful, I present you with a quick list of the things I would miss the most, in no particular order:
- Folding my daughter's freshly washed laundry
- Listening to my daughter say "Oh ____!" For example "¡Oh ten!" as she hands me something (which means "Oh here!" in Spanish)
- Feeling my daughter pat my back as she says "Mine. Mio." #bilingualbabyproblems
- My daughter's Flintstone feet
- Listening to my husband talk in his sleep
- Watching my dad read his newspaper
- The smell of my mom's perfume
- The way my siblings light up when they see my daughter
- The smell of coffee
- Reading in bed
- Being exhausted the next day because I stayed up all night reading the last of my book
- The crispness of desert mornings
- Slathering myself in lotion after a shower
- My iPhone ;)
And on and on... there is so much to be thankful for, the is so much beauty everywhere. I hope you guys have a beautifully mundane day today and always. ;)