“Do you want to go outside and play catch? My daughter cheerfully asked me. “Not right now, I have some work I need to get done.” How familiar of a scenario this is. Sometimes it seems like there is always more important work to get done leaving us neglecting what REALLY is important.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a time for work and a time for play but finding that balance sometimes feels like walking a tight rope over a pit of hungry alligators.
In life we won’t ever find “free time” unless we are actively looking for it and creating it ourselves.
One of the most important lessons that parenting taught me is that if we want something we have to work for it. We have to make time for our family, and spend time with our loved ones, just as we have to make time for our work to survive. Too much of one and two little of the other creates an imbalance that throws the whole system awry.
Prioritize what is important to you and actively start taking steps to create your whole life around it. I have been in many situations where my life was forced to revolve around a job I hated, and it didn’t take long before I started taking steps to create a life that revolved around my family and everything seemed to fall into place with work. It took some faith, but I believe the universe wants us to succeed…so here we are.
I have looked far and wide and never have found that elusive “free time”. What I did find was the realization that we only have one life and those moments that your child wants to play catch with you are slowly running out. Work will be waiting, but revolve won’t always be there, nor will the young child wanting to catch up. As the years move along, the tables turn and the example we set will dictate if our child has time for us, or if they just can’t find the “free time” either.