I recently had a nice text from a friend who I haven’t talked to in a number of months. Her text updated me on her life of work, and then she added quite a bit about driving her son and daughter back and forth to various activities, school, etc.
She called herself the "taxi Mom”. She also implied that the role was draining her.
I have other friends with the same problem of trying to get their children to all their activities, on time and dressed in the right uniforms/clothes etc., plus working and managing a household.
And I have lots of friends who remember well, this time of driving to and fro for our children, and though that time is past, we are still juggling activities.
Then there are those of you reading this who are just trying to get yourself to your own activities and work on time and dressed appropriately.
Hahaha - no matter the generation, and with or without children - same words to the song - just perhaps a slightly different tune being played :)
Whether you are rushing from activity to activity for yourself or for others - during the most frantic times of your day - take a moment and STOP everything.
Just close your eyes, Breathe in and out deeply a few times, consciously focusing on the movement of your stomach or following the breath in and out of your nostrils. If you are driving or holding a baby - then, please don’t close your eyes :)
Taking just this short break will calm your nerves a bit, provide a bit of balance and help you move through the next rushed set of actions you will take. If you find yourself feeling ultra frazzled and drained again later in the day, STOP again for just a moment and Breathe!
Remember, we do not have to do everything ‘perfectly’ and by ourselves. Reaching out to others for some help, organizing car pools and taking turns with all the transportation needs of our children can help.
The same holds true for those of us coping with our own schedules, minus the children. Reach out to others when you need some relief or help. You may be surprised how willing they are to make your life a little easier :) We all need a little help sometimes.
My parting thought on this very important ‘not enough time and rushing to and fro’ concern we all seem to share: Take Care of Yourself -
A Taxi with no fuel won't take anyone, anywhere.
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