Has anyone else been experiencing the Overwhelming Year? It has been an interesting school year for us; it was hard for us to settle into a rhythm the first half of the year and then when we were finally settling in my husband started to travel and I was solo. It was the year when it became apparent that the activities my oldest child was involved in ramped up to levels that were beyond what I was capable of sustaining with the other small children. It was the year many of our friends’ family lives unraveled. It was the year that things I wanted to get off my plate still remained. It was the year I got asked back to work in physical therapy twice and I had to make the very difficult decision to not do that. Twice. It was the year things were not smooth; they were not always wonderful.
Yet, there were pockets of joy. There have been times this year I have acknowledged my weakest areas and met them head on. There have been times of learning and growing and finding out about myself and delving more deeply into my values. There have been times of connection and community that sustained me. There have been people who have loved me just for being me. I thank them.
In spite of times that are sometimes overwhelming, I do not wish to have a simple life. I doubt my life will ever be simple; I am too enmeshed with raising small children and helping mothers and a myriad of other things for life to be simple. Sometimes I wish for balance, I always hope and look for connection, but I do not wish for things to be so simple that there is not striving.
If you are experiencing a complex year, an overwhelming year, I encourage you not to find the nearest exit and crawl out, but to work and strive to let these times mold you and shape you. I encourage you to find humor, joy, truthfulness goodness and beauty. I encourage you to find support in real-life people, not just the Internet. I encourage you to become the expert on what YOU need and to become the expert regarding your own family and your own life.
Always striving, live big!