Sometimes you have to take control of your tomorrow. I am currently in a state of not enough hours in the day so tomorrow becomes two weeks later. It would appear that today must be the day (actually I need a few more hours today, that I don’t actually have, to get everything done for freak’in TOMORROW)!
Are you still with me?
I told an old friend from Colorado two or three weeks ago that I was going to write this post and yes, sadly, here we are. I wish that I could say that I can’t get everything done because of exotic travel, or the three hours I spend everyday at the gym or because my extremely precise tailor has to keep coming over to take in my clothes because of those three hours at the gym.
Alas, it is none of the above! It is work! I enjoy it, but there is just so much to do! I have set very broad parameters to grow my businesses. I know that eventually I will find ways to effectively manage all of my essential territory but right now it is challenging.
Remember my New Years resolution about work/life balance? Note to self, let’s look into that tomorrow.
Here is a part of my life that I have not told you about. My secret passion, where any free time I have goes. I still have my two babies (seniors) at home and I love spending whatever time I can with them. I relish it. Whenever possible over the weekend, I try to spend at least one day with one or both of them. It does not always happen because they actually have lives, so you have to be available at a moments notice. As I tell my kids, when opportunity knocks, open the door! At the end of last week, I took the girls out of school for a couple of days and we did an accepted student college visit for daughter #2. Can you say road trip? I personally love road trips because people let it all hang out good or bad, it just seems to slide on out. Ours was a fabulous, positive experience all around, just wunderbar!
While we were in Burlington, North Carolina on our way to the Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, we went through the drive through Starbucks (love the drive through, we don’t have any). In front of us was a car with the license plate “Janis J”. The woman driving the Lexus RX 350, could have been Janis Joplin, she was the right age, the right hair, the right face. A conversation/story began that we had found Janis Joplin, she had sold out, became a yuppie and was shacked up with Elvis in North Carolina. The girls piped in that Tupac was probably living with them as well and planning a comeback at Coachella this year, live, instead of by hologram. This led to daughter #3 texting her boyfriend (who was in school, class to be more exact, must have been riveting because he kept texting back) who said by the way, Tupac was not gunned down by Biggie Small but was gunned down by the US government. This of course led to another conversation about East Coast vs West Coast gangs and why Puff Daddy really had to change his name and why on earth anyone would think the US would want to gun down Tupac, a talented artist, gone before his time. This went on for a while, back and forth, in the car, in the class, as we stretched out the story and really added depth to our “characters” lives.
After the visit, in the car on the way home, we had one of the most meaningful conversations we have ever had about tough subjects – racism, politics, religion and sexism. My children deeply impressed me with their thoughtfulness, intelligence and compassion. What amazing young women they have become!
This is the good stuff, you can’t make it up, it has to happen spontaneously. Time well spent no?
Remember in The Graduate when the parents’ friend tells Dustin Hoffman that the future was plastics? Well, I am telling you, your future depends on time well spent with the people you love. Or maybe the future depends on a road trip. It’s an investment in the future. You decide. You can hand pick the participants.
Tomorrow? I’ll get back to you on that either tomorrow or the next day.