Despite being hard at work on my second book (and working even harder to overcome some of the fears that come with writing it!), I took some breaks last week to spend some quality time with my Auntie Mary. As we sat chatting, I realised just how valuable this time with her really was.
After all, Auntie Mary is an 87 year old firecracker. With phrases like, “What don’t kill ya makes ya stronger,” and “You’re a long time dead”, Auntie Mary has a colorful way of dispensing advice — and reminding me that life is about taking action, instead of sitting around talking about what I’d like to do one day. (Auntie Mary knows just how much I learn from her, too! That’s why she always tells me, “I still know how much money I’ve got in me purse, so I’ve still got all me marbles, girl.”)
After this last visit, I realised how important it is to spend time with our loved ones and to enjoy every single second of life — even the “simple” moments. Time flies by. Suddenly, you turn around one day and wonder where all the years have gone. If you don’t take full advantage of what life has to offer, the reminiscing won’t be nearly as sweet!
So, no matter what else you have going on, take some time out to spend with the “Auntie Mary” in your life. Consider that quality time to be your maintenance. You’re like a car — if you don’t take care of everything inside and out, you can’t expect it to run smoothly!
Need some help sitting back and enjoying the “little things”? Just take some advice from Louis Armstrong — and remember that it really is a “wonderful world”!