I overheard a brief conversation the other day; a lady was nonchalantly talking about her granddaughter who plays the “flute, piccolo, piano, softball, volleyball, and soccer”. I didn’t even know that was possible! Let’s just hope it wasn’t all at once. 😉
As a society, it seems that much emphasis and value is placed on extracurricular activities. Sports, art, and music are all important skills, but I emphasize the following guideline: moderation in all things. This is a principle I have tried to adopt in my own life.
Thinking back to my childhood, I was always involved in some type of sport. At age 14, I began to spend a large amount of time at the dance studio and jokingly told people that it was my life (ironically, it wasn’t really a joke 🙂 ). After high school graduation, I did a little self-evaluation. Since my main goal was to become a better person, I decided that spending most of my time working on my temporal needs and neglecting my spiritual needs was not the way to accomplish this goal. Both are necessary!
It is clear that extracurricular activities teach very critical life skills such as persistence, discipline, and teamwork, but it is important to remember that learning & growth can take place in more than one environment. I am not saying that I would take any of my experiences back, nor am I saying that everyone should drop all extracurricular activities. I am simply proposing the idea of balance and equilibrium.
So what is the “solution”? Truthfully, the solution is different for everyone. Some may not see a need to change a thing while others feel that their hobbies have turned into full-time jobs, leaving little to no time for anything else. In any case, I have found that titles and trophies are worthless compared to the times I have been able to serve someone unnoticed, hear a baby laugh, or spend time with an old friend just catching up. Living a life of increased simplicity and moderation enables me to become more available when other important people or tasks need my attention. How can you live a more moderate life?
Pregnancy Update: 38.5 Weeks
- I am sleeping through the night & then some!! I don’t really use an alarm and just wake up when I feel totally rested, which usually results in about 10 hours of sleep 😮
- Walking is getting increasingly more painful because Baby has dropped and is putting so much pressure on my pelvis
- I am still able to exercise – thankfully! I mostly focus on arm workouts and using the elliptical, since most other things are too painful now
- The exercise ball is my best friend. 🙂 I bought one this week & use it as my new chair
- Baby kicks like crazy at night! He must be doing aerobics, or something 😉
- This whole experience is still surreal, but I am getting more & more excited with each passing day to meet Baby Kash ♥
I hope you’re all having a fantastic day! ❤ Aubrey