This past weekend was Labor Day Weekend, and if you live in South Jersey then you know that all day Saturday it poured. While I’m sure this upset many beach bums, we could not have been any happier!
There’s nothing quite like a day full of rain and thunderstorms to use an excuse not to leave the house.
This summer has been a pretty wild one and we, unfortunately, have not been the best at making time for each other. Most of our free time this summer has been spent doing things for family/friends, which we are absolutely happy to do; but, I can honestly say, we were finally starting to run out of gas.
Thankfully, the universe knew what we needed – a day of 100% rest – and it came in the form of pouring rain on the first day of Labor Day Weekend. Funny how the universe always knows what your soul needs.
We spent the entire day making home-cooked meals together (a real rarity in our house), binge-watching TV shows we are 3 seasons behind in (with Curb Your Enthusiasm at the top of the list), playing board games we haven’t played in years, reading on the couch, and playing with Manny & Cleo. We didn’t bother with our work emails or texts – those things could wait this weekend. We didn’t feel the need to clean up our dishes right away, or exercise, or even shower. We stayed in our lounge clothes and didn’t do anything past brushing our teeth. For the first time in a long time, we just lived in the moment, and it was amazing.
It’s so hard to slow down when you are trying so hard to give 100% to all aspects of life – family, work, friends. For me, I often feel restless (see: useless) if I’m not filling every minute of my day with something, whether it’s cleaning the house, meeting friends for happy hour, working all night, going to the gym, taking a weekend trip somewhere new, or planning the day’s/week’s/month’s/year’s activities.
But, it’s important to remember that most things, and most people (the good ones, at least) will still be there for you at the end of the day. It’s even more important to make time for yourself and your loved ones.
Saturday was our favorite day in years. While we we can’t be like that all the time, I’m thankful we had that rainy, stormy day to be together.
In the words of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
I hope everyone had the perfect Labor Day Weekend! God Bless America!