Teenage Summer Expectations:
Summer at our house has no doubt been a huge let down for our daughter. There is a misconception all three of our teenagers have always had: everyone is on summer vacation. There is a blatant disregard for the notion parents have to work. The word they would use is inconceivable. And, it does mean what you think it means. They don’t seem to be able to comprehend all of this around them works because we do. During the summer, more food is consumed and more cleaning needs to be done. They have nothing but time, but it dwindles as they waste away the day.
Don’t get me wrong, now is when time can be wasted. Sleep a little more. Catch up on those tv shows you missed. Play all those video games you begged to play during the school week. Do nothing if that is what you want. Just don’t complain. Don’t wait for parents to make your day more entertaining. Also, try not to shoot down every idea we have while rolling your eyes and falling to the couch in an exasperated slump.
Before school ended, our daughter literally counted down the days until summer vacation. Now, counting would probably be considered school work. Fortunately, she's headed to Houston to spend time with her grandparents and cousins for three weeks!
This is the REAL countdown and we have thirteen days to go. Two of our three kids are going and we cannot wait! The oldest has a job and can only go for a week, but he's at work most of the time anyway. Oddly enough, three weeks was the kid's idea and the best one they have every summer. How will we fill our time, you ask? I’ll tell you.
We go on road trips, to theme parks, shopping, and entertain our every whim. Kidding. Mostly. We enjoy the quiet. We clean the house fewer times a week. We cook whatever we want without having to hear, “No thanks. I don’t like that.” We go to the grocery store far less—and, we don’t wonder who ate all of our favorite snacks. Stress levels are down, as well as our electric and water bill. Most importantly, we enjoy our time alone—no interruptions.
Will I miss them? The answer is yes and no. Yes, because I enjoy the banter and laughter in the house. No, because I know they are having fun, getting spoiled, and spending time with family they don’t get to see very often. The best part is they won’t complain of being bored. They will go outside despite the summer heat. They will be game for whatever suggestions are made. Unfortunately, they will not be reading. We pick our battles.
The word Yoga translates to mean union—the union of your divine consciousness. It’s a spiritual discipline, but a discipline nonetheless. I’m on day seven of my tour of divinity and I’m determined to make this a routine way of life. One might think that Yoga is easy, but one would be wrong. It’s not just stretching in quirky positions and lying on the floor. It’s described as a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. These past six days “practicing” Yoga have been a bit challenging to say the least. Mostly because I lack balance—putting on underwear offers unstable footing. You may also realize that you aren’t as flexible as you once were. Of course that doesn’t stop me from trying to put my foot behind my head.
Although I have taken Yoga classes in the past, it wasn’t with any frequency and it’s been years. I stayed to the back of the class and giggled as I wobbled through the poses. This time, to save face, I headed to the library and grabbed a few DVDs. I grabbed one for beginners, one for weight loss, and one for better buns (the main reason for exercise). Given my limitations of being essentially new to Yoga, rather unsteady, and slightly inflexible—I exercise until my body says, “Nope.” Each day I push a little further and it’s actually working out for me as I go further each day. The key is to follow the correct techniques, listen to your body, and breathe. I’m not doing any of those fluidly, but I’m getting there.
There are various kinds of Yoga, and it’s not just about the physical exercise—but a way of life.
This by no means covers all the aspects of Yoga, but for me, it’s a start to understanding how to achieve my goals both mentally and physically. I think the bottom line is to do something for yourself that in the end makes you feel good.
I am a woman-child at heart; continuously evolving to find my place in life. I am a mother, a daughter, and a sister. I am a lover and a dreamer--an explorer and a traveler. But it's my passion for writing that allows me to explore my ingenuity. This is something that undoubtedly carries over to the many roles that make up the ever evolving woman I am.