I recently read a book by Liane Moriarty called What Alice Forgot. In the story, Alice bumps her head at the gym and wakes up as if it is ten years earlier. Ten years earlier, Alice was a newlywed who was deeply in love with her husband, their new home and loved living an easy going life. What she finds is that ten years later, she has become rigid, scheduled, a mom to children who are essentially afraid of her and nearly divorced.
The sad part is, it was all the subtle things in life that we let consume us that caused Alice to turn into a completely different person. She was so caught up in being the ultimate mother/wife that threw lavish parties, wore a size two and dedicated her life to her children accomplishing tasks and eating a strict diet that she lost sight of who she was. The perfection she was striving for had a negative impact on her life.
You’ll have to read the book to find out how it ends (I highly recommend you do), but I will say that the book made me think. Who would I be if I woke up and was ten years younger?
Today is my 28th birthday. If I bumped my head and forgot the last ten years I would be 18. Boy that would be different. At 18 I didn’t care if things were a little messy, a little disorganized and Facebook was for college students only. Life wasn’t about raising child prodigies and achieving entrepreneurial success; it was finish this essay, work my shift and head out to the movies with my hot boyfriend (now hot husband).
I don’t want to be 18 again, I was immature and reckless. But, I would love to have a little bit of that could care less attitude back. Life was about relationships and experiences back then, chores and tasks always took the back burner. If I’m being honest, sometimes the chores and tasks take center stage in my life now. I have to catch myself, because ten years from now when I’m 38 and my boys are teenagers, I will be begging for the days when they were little again. Those dishes and laundry can wait. That to-do list can wait.
So to celebrate, for a good week, I’m going to let the laundry pile up, eat what I want and lay on the couch a little more often and you can bet on that couch, there will be one handsome man and two little boys right beside me. Happy birthday to me!
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