For those of you who don’t know me well, I think it’s important to know that I am a first-rate procrastinator. It really doesn’t matter what the task is, if there is something that needs to be done I will push the limits as to how long I can go without getting it done. This has lead me to numerous all-nighters and brief panic attacks that always end with the words, “I will never do this again!” Ha! I wish I could say I learned my lesson at least once, but no.
I had big plans for today. I have a section of my research article due for grad school tomorrow, and today was going to be devoted to reading articles and writing my own. With so much to do, I (obviously) jumped at the invitation to spend the afternoon at a splash pad with a friend and her two daughters.
Although I’m now feeling a little stressed, I truly enjoyed the opportunity to relax and chat with a friend. Plus, I got to ask her some questions I’ve never asked before. I’ll call that a win-win!
Sarah and I had a good talk about her recent vacation to Canada to visit her family. Sarah is from a suburb outside of Toronto, (something I learned today because I asked-yay me!) but now lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and precious little girls. While Sarah was sharing with me the fun things they did on their vacation, I found myself wondering if she’s ever wanted to move back home. So I asked her. Her response really made me reflect upon my own relationships. Sarah said it was nice to be home, because she got to spend good time with her family and friends. She also said that she knows even if she lived in Canada, she may not spend much more time with her friends because of schedules and how hectic life can get.
This got me thinking about my family and friends who all live within an hour of me, and I realized she’s right. It can be so hard to find time to see these important people. I think I take for granted how lucky I am to have my parents and some of my best friends no more than a 30 minute drive from me. Yet, with them so close, I don’t always take advantage and spend quality time with them. I think Whitney English has it right when she explains the importance of spending time with family and friends and the impact it has on our happiness, here.
The conversation I had with Sarah today left me with a newfound appreciation for the proximity of some of my dearest family and friends. I now have a goal to spend more quality time with them.
I’m looking for suggestions!
What are some ways that you find time to spend with your family and friends? What do you enjoy doing to make the most of the time you spend with them? I’d love to hear your ideas!