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I don’t surf. But I envy the other moms here in Hawaii who keep surfboards in the back of the minivan, just in case the waves look good. A mom friend says that one good session in the water energizes her for the day, keeps her body in shape and sets her priorities straight. “It clears my mind,” she says. “But mostly, it gives me the confidence to know I can handle anything life throws my way.” All this – from surfing?
They say that surfing is a great metaphor for life. Sometimes, the waves are little and fun. Other times, they’re big and scary. Knowing how to surf means you know when to ride the fun ones, when to tackle the challenging ones and when to sit out the dangerous ones.
Learning to surf is on my giant “after the baby starts school” to-do list. But for now, I’m too busy on land, surfing the waves of work, family, health, home, friends (and potty training). Sometimes, a set of parenting waves comes in. Other times, it’s a set of work waves. Or maybe, it’s a set of relationship waves.
Sometimes, I think I might sink. I own two businesses, see clients and help at my kids school. I’ve been buying diapers – without a break – since 2001. To keep my head above water while having four children during that time, I’ve discovered a few things that help me keep balance on my work/life surfboard:
Maybe there’s room for a surfboard in the back of MY minivan, after all. Surf’s up!