Often at this time of the year, the education world becomes a highway with no speed limit. Initiatives, to-dos and goals are the cars with no speed limit and no driving manners. They could be going so fast you cannot see them or so slow they could cause an accident. Me? On my highway I am the pavement bearing the weight of all the cars while being mindful of the upkeep of my highway.
While the cars were traveling on. An unexpected roadblock occured, my two year old son got sick. I watched as the cars began to swerve out of control and try and stay on the road. I thought of everything I could do to try and work a half day to get that project done, finish those phone calls, create that one presentation and then I checked Twitter.
"This was one of the first tweets that popped up on my feed. I thought for a minute, Ashlie this is a sign, stay home, be a mom and enjoy it while you can." The project can wait eight hours, those phone calls you can make tomorrow, and that presentation? It will be there when the sun rises. I scooped up my son and we cuddled, spending time that was much needed mentally and physically for both of us.
Too often we get so busy that what we see ahead of us are our tasks and not human relationships. After taking a step back and looking at the big picture the eight hours I got to spend with my son were the best most relaxing eight hours I have had in a long time. I will always be busy. I will always take on new challenges and try and be the best I can be, not only on a professional level but a personal level. You need to find balance and that is why at least two lanes on my highway will be family friendly.
Thank you @alicekeeler for reminding me how precious life is.