It Starts with You
My running route this morning overlapped with the route my husband takes to drop our kids off at school. We live in a low-traffic residential neighborhood, so he was able to slow down for a bit so the kids could say hi. They rolled down their windows — conveniently cleaning them of the morning dew — and proceeded to hoot and holler and yell “go mommy” and make “I love you” signs with their little hands. It doesn’t get much better than that.
There were no whines of “I wish you were taking us to school,” jokes of “who are you running away from?” (actually, they’re too young for that), or complaints that I didn’t draw some Leonardo DiVinci masterpiece on their lunch napkins. There was just support and excitement.
I share this little story because all too often, I hear from parents who feel guilty about taking time for themselves to exercise….or actually, do lots of things that make them feel whole and independent and strong. And this little moment in my day made me remember that these little people are the products of not just our genes, but of our lives. Their view of “normal” is shaped by what our “normal” is. The rhythms of their lives mirror the rhythms of ours. And their futures are in our hands.
So next time you’re battling guilt about squeezing it in, take a moment to consider this: