Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Okay to Do Nothing

I want to start by saying Happy Memorial Day, and I hope everyone is spending the day outside, grilling, laughing, enjoying their families. For those in the military, thank you for your service. To military wives, enjoy the day too, because you have earned it, raising a family much of the time as a single parent, putting up with deployments, and standing beside your spouse as they defend our country.

Today is hard for me. Hubby is 2000 miles away, has a 3 day weekend, and is my grilling guy. I have no grilling skills at all, and don't even have a grill at the moment. 3 day weekends are meant for cooking out, which neither he nor the kids and I will be doing this weekend. Blah.

The tattoo studio is closed today and the kids have off of school, so I planned to get some moving stuff done today; head to the storage unit, grab some boxes to go through, go grocery shopping for the week, make the kids go through the boxes from the storage unit, stay busy, so tomorrow, my actual day off of work, I can relax.

Somewhere along the way, the plan changed. That somewhere would be at a point between the 4 hours I spent rearranging and cleaning out my blog this morning, The Ginger getting extremely engrossed in a Wii game (considering he hasn't played video games in forever), and The Girl starting a Nancy Drew Mysteries computer game. In other words, life happened.

That's when I realized it's okay to do nothing. It's okay to let The Ginger get his video game fix that he
hasn't had in weeks and won't have again for another week (we don't allow video games during the school week). It's okay to let The Girl solve mysteries with Nancy Drew today. It's okay for me to catch up on some episodes of "Supernatural". It's okay for all of us to stay in our pajamas today. This isn't an everyday occurrence, in fact, between school, moving, packing, running errands, family functions, and work, I don't even remember the last time the kids and I stayed in our PJs all day, relaxed, and did our own things. The storage unit will be there tomorrow, on my regular day off, as will the grocery store, and I can fit these new errands in around the errands already planned for tomorrow (like taking the cats back to the vet and getting my oil changed). I'm not sure why I thought I'd be relaxing tomorrow anyway, with 2 major things on my agenda.

It's sad in this day and age that you have to make an effort to do nothing. I wanted to fight this idea so much when it first hit me. It was 1pm, everyone was still in their PJs and I had no motivation to get dressed, much less go outside the apartment and go digging around in a storage unit or do our shopping. I actually argued with myself for a minute, about how I didn't feel like doing anything, but I couldn't not do anything. I tried to come up with reasons I had to leave the house... groceries. Nope, bought some yesterday, and we had everything we needed to get through today. Storage unit. No place to put the stuff from the storage unit until we clean out the kids' closet. Holy crap, is it possible that I really can do nothing today?

Yep, it is, and I finally made the decision, for myself and my family, to do just that.

So today, we do nothing. And by nothing I mean things that we are interested in doing, things that keep us relaxed, things that make us happy. We slow life down for a day, and just enjoy it.

Every family needs that, and I highly recommend it to anyone. It's currently almost 3pm, I'm still in my PJs, as are my kids, I've only heard laughing and 'Hey, mom, I found the secret hiding place, wooo hooo!' from my kids (playing their video games), I've revamped my blog and now written a heartfelt post. I have taken something out for dinner already, but I enjoy cooking, so making a big meal is a happy place for me. Plus, I hear Sam and Dean Winchester calling me from the bedroom...

Yeah, my true motivation; spending the rest of the day laying in bed watching 'Supernatural'. Yum.

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