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I woke up the other day with a scratchy throat. The kind that signals some sort of germ has invaded your system. I ignored it. Meaning, I rationalized that nothing could be wrong, so I didn’t do anything about it. Within a few hours, my nose started dripping. Like out of the blue dripping, for no reason. It wasn’t cold (hello summer here!) and I definitely wasn’t using or around any chemicals. In fact, I was just typing away somewhere on the Internet.
I don’t typically have allergies of any kind. Hun had cut the grass 2 or 3 days prior and we’d had some evening summer showers over the last couple nights. So, I was quite perplexed. Nonetheless, I still felt quite alright as I sat there in silence typing and away, nose dripping.
Things changed, as they’re want to, once the boys woke up for the day. Despite they’re waking in a relatively good place, the noise started to overwhelm me almost immediately. And while making food for Monkey Boy and I, my frustration level kept going up. Like higher than normal up.
By then, I figured maybe I was sick with something. I knew the best course of action wasn’t the inaction I’d kept up all morning. Rather, it was time to take Vitamin C and work to fight off the germs that invaded my system.
That’s when I also noticed a slight stuffiness in my head. Somehow I was keeping my cool with the boys. We planned to go for a walk and bike ride, the first one in a week thanks to the rainy days.
But before long, all I could think about was my dripping nose, scratchy throat, and the stuffiness in my head. I just wanted to rest. I wanted some quiet. The sky was overcast, which only further compounded my desire to stay home and chill.
When you have 2 busy little boys, your options are limited in both the chill and silence departments. By the time we were ready for our walk, I’d fully given up on faking wellness. I’d announced to the boys that we were taking our vitamins because we’re sick and they’d help us get well. So, as armed as I could be, we took our walk.
Despite my drippy nose, scratchy throat, and stuffy head, we took our standard 2 laps around the block and some trips around a nearby cul-de-sac. Monkey Boy got some of was able to get some of his energy out and Turtle Boy was fit for a nap by the time we returned home.
And that’s when it hit me. We’d had some days of this germ invasion already.
Monkey Boy maybe had a scratchy throat a day or so before. He’d been Super wild, coughing for no apparent reason, and had his own drippy nose. Over the last few days, I hadn’t had enough good rest. I’d been pushing myself lately, I hadn’t been sticking to my bedtime, and (of course) we hadn’t been outside too much the previous week.
Once I realized all this, I felt a level of control return.
I knew that these germs (likely) weren’t serious and would pass relatively quickly. I knew that taking our vitamins would help us recover quickly. I also knew that I my body was telling me to slow down a little more.
Because there are some days that are for doing and there are others for taking time to be in the good.
I was once again reminded there are simply some days when you can go go go and others when you need to rest.
I was reminded that some day I won’t have the boys like I do today. Heck, I won’t have them the same tomorrow even! Some days we are free to roam and play. Others we just hang out. And still other days when we do some and relax some throughout the day.
And, honestly, I’m not even sure which type of day I like best. What I do know, is some days are meant to be whatever unfolds. And interestingly enough, that’s the actual power of life.
What are your favorite kind of days? How do you know when it’s time to rest? What signals has your body given you when it’s time to scale back?