I realized this morning that being an adult kind of sucks.
I will not deny there are a lot of great things about being a grown-up (picking your bedtime, turning your music up as loud as you like, deciding on the dessert for after breakfast)…but this weekend I was reminded of what it was like to be a kid. And I liked it.
I was out of town visiting my family and spent Saturday at a party (playing and putting on a dance routine with my 3 year old nephew – that he choreographed), then jumped in a pool, was served pancakes for dinner and headed off to the drive-in to eat popcorn while lying in the backseat of a van staring up at the screen. It was summer. Exactly the feeling I associate with July.
But today…my alarm went off at 5:45am. I was going to the gym, then off to another 9-10 hr work day and a crazy commute in the storm of the century. So, how do you manage that kind of transition?
Well, I plan ahead. I know what I need, so instead of suffering through with a stiff upper lip – I like to cater to my craving for some comfort.
Before bed, I made some simple overnight oats, portioned out some berries and checked to make sure I had a banana in the freezer. This morning, I went to the gym (after a bit of convincing myself the effort would feel worth it by 7am), had a shower, and made a much appreciated cup of coffee. I spent a few minutes (probably 5) blending that frozen banana into a cream and layering up a parfait. That’s it.
As an adult, I realize there are few things in this world I can control. But constructing those simple moments of calm before I head-out into the chaos seems to provide just enough balance for me.