Just in case no one told you today, you are doing a freaking amazing job. You really are.
Look at everything that you have been through this last year and a half and here you are, still trying to make gold out of each and every day. Still pulling your head above the current. Still showing up. Still holding the sky. Still navigating the schedules with the vigor of an air traffic controller. Still being a constant in a world that feels anything but that.
And also, if you are feeling stretched thin and exhausted, you are not alone. Almost every parent I have talked to this fall feels exactly the same way, like there is just not enough of you and just simply not enough time and energy to go around. It is almost like this school year is on steroids and we constantly have to be in a place to pivot. Quarantining, sports, activities, homework, work, meetings, carpools, shortages, things being on and things being cancelled, changes of times and locations and lack of buses and drivers and everything just feels like it is being pushed to the maximum capacity at every turn. When I look at the calendar sometimes, I could actually cry. Looking at all of the places that we are supposed to be at the exact same time and I just don’t know how to do it all. To be everywhere at once, I just don’t know. I’m still holding out hope that Santa can be a gem and come through and bring me a clone this year. The feeling of being overwhelmed has become the norm instead of the rarity.
It is exhausting.
So, know this: you are amazing. You really are. Please remind yourself of that daily. The world needs you to. Your kids need you to. And somehow even though we don’t know how it all gets done, it somehow still does and we sometimes have to take a moment to marvel at the pure miracle of that. Even if you cut something out or voice a much-needed no to something else or asking for help, that too is a victory in itself. Choosing what is best for you and your family and your sanity is something that should be applauded and not diminished. And please every single day, try to do something for you, even if it is just succumbing to your apple watch and take one minute to breathe. Self-care shouldn’t be seen as an indulgence but as a necessity for the wellbeing of humankind. So, find what you love and what you need and make sure that is part of your daily schedule too. You will be all the better for it.