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Every year, I find a need to approach something that I’ve done over and over again. I take the car, go up to a quiet spot by the beach that I discovered years ago, and just sit and relax for a while. Me and my thoughts. Just for a little while – less time than it actually takes to get there.
But it’s now become something I need to do every year. A visit with myself, a regrounding, an recentering. I never quite know how it will go until I get there – what thoughts come up, what I may make decisions about, what emotions I may experience. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve talked – outloud, even – to myself repeating the same phrases over and over sometimes.
But it’s a needed visit with myself to see where I’m at and where I need to be.
Now that my son is here, the annual visit may be increasing to a few times per year. He’s changing so fast, and I’m finding it difficult to keep up with what I need to do to stay on top of things. I’m not in trouble… but regrounding and recentering is something I feel is vital to keeping perspective about motherhood. An open dialogue with myself, when no one else is looking, and I don’t have to worry about the random thoughts that come out that have nothing to do with anything.
The question, though – where on earth do I go in the middle of the winter in single digit temperatures? The ocean is most definitely not a place to visit right now.