There were a lot of good responses including, "buy Apple", "say no" and "be yourself".
I thought about it for a while and came up with this:
I'm not a huge fan of the negative, "don't", but it fits the best and here's why....
I'm a pretty high-strung individual (those who know me in person are nodding their heads right now). I talk fast, I walk fast, I drive fast and I WANT fast.
I make up my mind about what I want and I want it NOW. I suck at waiting...so I rush.
A few years after Randy and I got married, I was in a rush to have a baby. He was more sensible than I and we did wait a little longer than I wanted which worked out for the best job-timing wise.
Randy and I didn't have any time to enjoy being kid-less (and a double paycheck) after he finished his residency. The week after my pay ended after I resigned, his residency ended and his pay doubled. We never had a full income from both of us at the same time.
When Ellie was a baby, I was in a rush to have another. I knew I wanted another, why wait? I got pregnant with Aleena (on purpose) when Ellie was 12 months old.
At 22 months, Ellie was still very much a baby when Aleena was born. Having two babies is hard, but that's not necessarily the reason for the "don't rush" in this case.
|Would you get a load of those cheeks!|
The same goes for all of Aleena's "firsts". Her baby-hood is a blur. Once we reached one milestone, it was off to the next.
Not that I didn't enjoy them as babies, I totally did. I just don't think I savored the stage like I could have. With all that spit-up, poop and not sleeping, who has time to savor?
Looking at my babies now: smart, strong, independent Little Ladies, I think to myself, "How did this happen? How is it that they're getting so big? Wait! Let's not rush this growing up business!"
I see now, at the wise old age of 34, that if I don't slow down to enjoy the moment, I'll miss so much.
Time moves so fast all on its own. I don't need to rush it along.
|My loves. I adore the missing front teeth.|
What two words would you tell your younger self?