I would be willing to bet that all parents at one point or another get overwhelmed and just snap. Usually it’s something small and trivial, like a milk spill that interrupts our “precious time” because we have to now clean it up. And usually there is an underlying issue, like stressing over money, housework, not having enough personal time.
I can honestly say that I am happy with my life. But there was a time, not too long ago that I was having a heart to heart with my husband and I told him that I feel like I have forgotten how to laugh. My kids will tell me stories that they think are hilarious and I just stare blankly back at them or muster up a fake laugh.
What is going on with me?
Is it depression? I really don’t believe that I am depressed. It feels like a matter of having too much pressure put on us by everyone and everything around us.
Do you have enough money to pay the bills? Is your credit good? Do you have good job security? Are your kids getting everything they need? Have you cleaned the house today?
And then I laughed…
My husband made me laugh and I cannot tell you how because it’s to riske for a blog post… But I started just kind of giggling at first and then it hit that funny bone and I couldn’t stop. At one point I actually thought I was going to suffocate because I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to get a breath in. When I was calm again, I felt as if I had just ran a mile.
I realized that night, that life is too short to always be serious.
If you can find a way to let your serious face go, it will free your soul even for a few seconds. So, the next time your child does something crazy… Laugh. The next time you feel silly… Laugh. It does wonders for your emotional well being. Those beautiful little eyes that watch you day to day will notice that you’re happier too!