A harried mom friend of mind sometimes complains that between work and the kids, she doesn’t have a life. Another friend tells me he’ll quit smoking soon. Yet another friend is too busy to take care of his health, he says. Somehow, it’s as if we’re all waiting to exhale, waiting for the rest of our life to happen, waiting until conditions are just right to lead the life we really want.
I realized about 12 years ago that my life was not a dress rehearsal, that this was my life and I better start leading it the way I wanted to. I also realized that I better get serious about my health because I wasn’t going to stay invincible forever. That’s when I quit smoking, started going on at least one international vacation each year, and stopped missing important events in the lives of those near and dear to me.
A few years ago, friends invited me, my husband and my then 2 year old son to their wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The wedding date fell during a busy time at Matrix Group and I was tentative about going to Mexico with a toddler. Could we spare the time? How would my son handle the flight, the water in Mexico, the wedding? Yup, you guessed it. We went on the trip and had an amazing time. The trip emboldened us and now we jump at the opportunity to travel to neat places. I want a life that will be fun to describe to my future grandchildren, a life full of stories and adventure.
How about you? Are you leading the life you want to lead? Do you have the right work-life balance so you can enjoy work, play and family? What are you putting off doing?