Appreciating the Adventure.

When we’re caught up in the hum drum of everyday life, it can be easy to get bored. Restless. To wonder when the monotony will end. To wish for a little excitement.

But you know what? When we get old(er), these are the days we’re going to look back on and wish to experience again.

I can see the truth of that statement in the drawn face of my mother-in-law as she cuddles my daughter tight, trying to dive back into life again after a month of dealing with her ailing mother-in-law.

I feel it in the wistful expressions of strangers at Target, smiling as my daughter charges down the aisle, giggling like a madwoman.

I hear it in my own mother’s voice, lonely for us as she whiles away the endless winter days, barred from visiting because of the weather.

So not to get deep on you or anything, but the next time you find yourself wishing time would just speed up, take a deep breath. Maybe three. Then look around you and try to appreciate where you are.

It’s a more beautiful place than you’d think.

21 Comments on Appreciating the Adventure.

  1. Rebecca
    March 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Charging down the aisle at Target (or anyplace for that matter) is such a joyful experience. My kids do it from time to time and I love it.

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    • Amber
      March 14, 2011 at 8:36 am (5 years ago)

      Heck, when the deals are good enough, even I charge down the aisle at Target!

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  2. sara@domesticallychallenged
    March 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm (5 years ago)

    Isn’t this the truth? As I freak at the latest stuff, there are others who are wishing they still had fingerprints on the mirror!

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    • Amber
      March 14, 2011 at 8:36 am (5 years ago)

      That’s what I was telling myself last night when my back was screaming from attempting to rock my 26 pound toddler to sleep…

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  3. gail
    March 14, 2011 at 8:44 am (5 years ago)

    Thank you…I needed this today.

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    • Amber
      March 15, 2011 at 9:20 am (5 years ago)

      Hugs. Hope today is a better day.

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  4. Andrea - Moody Mama Says
    March 14, 2011 at 11:45 am (5 years ago)

    This is so true. I often have to remind myself of it when my boys are on my last nerve.

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    • Amber
      March 15, 2011 at 9:20 am (5 years ago)

      No kidding. Husbands and in-laws too. :-)

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  5. Alexandra
    March 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Hey, girl: was just thinking that this morning, as I held Baby E.

    It’ll be gone before I know it. The precious days of a little boy sitting on my lap, watching cartoons together.

    xo

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    • Amber
      March 15, 2011 at 9:19 am (5 years ago)

      But then we get to see them grow up and become the people they’re going to be. That’s pretty exciting, too.

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  6. alicia
    March 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm (5 years ago)

    Well said. This is why I keep coming back here. I’ve been trying to write this little blurb for my post all day and you said what I was unable to articulate. That last line really got me.

    Cease the moment. Be present. Appreciate the here and now, don’t wish it away.

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    • Amber
      March 15, 2011 at 9:19 am (5 years ago)

      Aww, thanks for the compliment. I wasn’t sure I was articulating it right.

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  7. Jen
    March 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm (5 years ago)

    Amen.

    These really are the good days no matter how much poop I need to clean up.

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    • Amber
      March 15, 2011 at 9:18 am (5 years ago)

      Triplet poop. *shudders* That’s a lot of poop. But at least it’s not our own poop we’re cleaning up, right?

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  8. Linka
    March 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm (5 years ago)

    Such a beautiful post! You are so right and I am very guilty of wanting to fast forward.
    Thanks! I needed this.

    Love your blog!

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    • Amber
      March 15, 2011 at 9:17 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you! Although right now, I would very much like to fast forward to lunch time. Dieting makes for a hungry me!

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  9. Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    March 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful. I wrote a post about this not to long ago. It’s so easy to get wrapped up and miss out on life, isn’t it?

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    • Amber
      March 15, 2011 at 9:17 am (5 years ago)

      It is. Especially when the kid is crabby, or work is crappy…but it’s worth it to take a good look around.

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  10. liz
    March 15, 2011 at 10:33 am (5 years ago)

    I definitely should slow down and “look around” a lot more than I do. But it is also this idea that I point to (i.e. blame) for not worrying a lot about picking up toys, letting the kids get dirty, etc. Toys can be picked up and kids can be washed. :)

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    • Amber
      March 16, 2011 at 9:03 am (5 years ago)

      Meh. Clean kids and rooms will only get dirty again, right?

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  11. Lady Jennie
    March 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm (5 years ago)

    I tried to tweet this but it said there was a momentary problem. What a true thing you said.

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