Thirty-five years ago today, my Mom and Dad rushed to the hospital to welcome the most adorable little girl (so they say), which was me. Now that I am a mother, I can only imagine the joy, stress, love and challenges my parents have faced the past 35 years. I will tell you they did something right (thank you Mom and Dad) because I have learned some important lessons.
1. Worrying is pointless. I spent many of my younger years worrying about small things from the brand of jeans I wore to bigger fears such as car accidents and plane crashes. But, you know what I realized after years of stomachaches, the bad thing will happen whether I worry or not. Now, I do my best to enjoy the moment and fortunately, the plane has not crashed yet. As for the brand of jeans, as long as I can comfortably button them I am happy.
2. Drink water. Water is vital to our bodies and health. Throw away the soda, juice, coffee and even, minus the celebratory cocktail, the booze. Water does wonders for every part of our bodies and I feel the difference when I slack on H20.
3. Follow your heart. In my fantasies I always imagined myself as a writer or a yoga instructor in my pretend adult life. I didn't think I was good enough, thin enough or had the time and finances to make that a reality. Despite the naysaysors, I was fortunate to have a very supportive mother and followed my dreams. There is nothing else I would rather do today than write Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom and learn from my yoga students every day.
4. Move everyday. I remember when I was going through a hard time seeing therapists and trying out medications that were not working. My father, a man of few words, said, "I think you just need to exercise." He was right. Whether it be walking, yoga, spinning or dancing getting the heart beating and the endorphins flowing relieve stress, provides confidence and feels good.
5. No one can read your mind. Many relationships suffered due to me assuming the other party knew what I was thinking. How could they know that I was quiet because I was scared for my first day of school or upset about a "friend" not being nice to me (see #1-I was a worrywart)? Instead of holding on to these emotions that confuse my husband, family and friends if I say what I am feeling I can receive feedback, support and love.
6. Say I love you. Life is too short. There are tragedies that happen every day. Also, hugs are good too. Trust me, have you ever regretted saying I love you?
What have you lessons have you learned, as you have grown older?