“How bad do you want it?”
“How much are you willing to give to get it?”
“How will you decide to live your life?”
“Are you working hard to be the best you can be?”
These questions have been swirling through my mind a lot lately as I battle the complete chaos of a life with toddlers, a busy fire season (which means “Mtn Papa” is super busy) and my own desires to meet some personal goals.
I also have about a zillion ideas running through my head: ways I want to raise my kids, fears I want to conquer, trips/hikes/mountains I want to tackle, relationships I want to deepen (and how to do that) and how to get those never-ending household chores done. There just never seems like there is enough time in a day (or week…or lifetime!) to do it all. I am lucky if I accomplish half of what I set out to do in a day.
And really, that is ok….
It’s ok to take moments to relax. It’s ok to just laugh with your kids and forget about everything else that day. It’s ok to just BE.
And so I am working on taking a deep breath and focusing on what really matters as I ask myself some questions:
- How bad do I want to be a good example for my children?
- How bad do I want to get back in pre-baby shape?
- How bad do I want my boys to love the outdoors?
- How hard am I willing to work to be stronger/healthier/holier/more peaceful/more loving mother, wife and woman?
- What distances am I willing to go for the good life?
- How important is it for me to NOT be stressed by the demands of life (so I can BE a better spouse/mother/friend)?
I am finding the answers very freeing as my choices become clear:
- I can sit and home and whine about how I never get to work out or I can load the kids in the stroller and run anyway.
- I can wish I had someone help me get everyone dressed, loaded, snacked-up and whine-proofed before a hike or just do it and make the most of it.
- I can say someday I will run a race or just sign up, forget getting a PR and run for the shirt!
- I can be overwhelmed by household work or tackle it in small chunks and make my family my priority.
- I can succumb to the CHORE it can be to get everyone out the door or just go (and be thankful I did!)
Life as parents is busy. Very busy. I don’t think there are any exceptions to that at all. We all have choices to make.
Our Mantra: No excuses. Live life to the fullest. Get outside!
Besides aiming to be the “best version of ourselves”, I also feel a strong responsibility to help others push and challenge themselves too with new experiences. The North Face is running an excellent campaign right now called “Role Models”. You can find more information about it here, along with a review of some of their running gear for women (that I love!)