We all know the timeless saying to be true. You are a kid. Then, suddenly your life is speeding past you. It often becomes a game of catch-up. If you can just get your hands on this elusive thing called time, then you can figure it out. You can figure out the next career move, living situation and the next step. If only you could just catch up to time.
Well, somewhere between then and now time has slowed down. For many of us, life has suddenly paused. We are face-to-face with decisions we had placed on the back burner, family dynamics we always swore we would resolve or situations we never expected to experience. I don’t know about you, but catching up to time hasn’t helped me figure out much. I still don’t know what’s next.
Instead, there has been increasing pressure on my shoulders to use this worldwide pause for something spectacular. I should create a masterpiece. I should become an incredible chef. I should become the person I told myself I would be if I just had more time.
I’m sure many of us have faced the reality that we don’t know what to do with the time we once claimed we wanted. How do we handle that our goals aren’t created with just idle time? During this pause, I may make art, learn new recipes, fix old relationships or pursue my passions, but I also might not. That is OK too.
I may make art, learn new recipes…pursue my passions, but I also might not. That is OK too.
Can we be challenged to not pressure ourselves with the lofty accomplishments and to-do’s that have been floating around in our heads? Let’s not pressure ourselves into finding the right next step or the solution to an unsolved issue. Instead, can we take ownership of where we are now and develop the character qualities that can cultivate those goals of ours?
I will spend my days practicing loving myself better in order to love others well. I will practice responsibility at home so I can be responsible in the workplace. I will practice making my passions a priority so it stays consistent when life is busy once again.
I cannot control time, but I can control what I do in the here and now. I do not need to figure it all out or accomplish all of my goals. However, I hope to take ownership of this pause to take care of myself and those around me.