Today is Wednesday it is typically referred to as “hump day”- the middle of the work week. The day that the Monday-Friday worker reassures themselves if they can just “make it through the day” they will be closer to Friday and the end of their work week.
I’ve been there, have you? Thinking, “God, just help me make it through this day” or, on REALLY bad days, “Just let this day be over”. The rough day soon ends, the work week soon ends, the weekend flies by and rinse, repeat- that’s adult life.
Is this living or existing? Is this kind of life really what the Creator of the Universe had in mind when he breathed life into the first human being? “Hey Buddy, I created you to suck it up and do your best. Just make it until the end of each day, wake up and start over until the day you die.”
Does it hurt your soul to read that as much as it hurt mine to write it? Deep down my spirit is screaming for adventure and life not “rinse, repeat”.
At one time, I thought that my boring daily routines meant that I was not living life to the fullest. If I had a 9-5, my life would constantly feel unfulfilled. This is not true.
Why then do so many of us adults measure our lives by weekends and days off?
Because we’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a child we’ve forgotten to take delight in life.
We no longer eat an ice cream cone like we’re making out with it. (Seriously, I have no idea how my youngest gets it all over his face. But, man, does he enjoy it.)
We no longer laugh at ourselves when we put our pants on backwards or grab two different shoes.
We no longer throw out our composed self because it’s Friday at Freddy’s and we can’t contain our excitement. (My middle one loves their cheese curds.)
You know what, it’s not fair to say none of us adults do this so I’ll retract that and say a good portion of us forget the joys of being a kid, forget the joys of simply being alive.
We have responsibilities, yes, but those responsibilities were never meant to consume our every thought. There are times that we need to smell the roses, watch an ant walk across the ground, or sitting on the front porch during a downpour for no other reason but to marvel in awe at the world we live in.
Be the change...delight in every moment.
The struggle is real. Boredom will arise. Rough days will come. There is no easy button to life. However, we can choose in every moment to stop, breathe, and find something to delight in. The frustrating streak on the kitchen window can be complained about every day for the rest of our lives or wiped away in a moment as we delight in the clearer vision.
Nicole Donoho, owner of Teddyfly LLC, enjoys writing stories for all ages. She currently lives in Northwest Arkansas where she takes in the beauty of the Natural State with her husband, Jacob, and their three sons-Elijah, Josiah, and Solomon.