So for whatever reason, this morning as I was starting to blow dry my hair, one of my favorite childhood songs popped into my head. I was an avid Care Bears movie fan (any others out there?!), and it was not uncommon for my brothers and I to watch the same Care Bears movie every single afternoon for weeks at a time.
This particular song, Growing Up, appealed to my childhood self as it made it seem like so many exciting things will happen when I grow up. This idea, that life is okay now, but it will only get better, was one that I definitely had in the back of my mind as I made my way through junior high, high school, and college. In fact I think that this idea was so embedded into my mind that I often didn’t take the time to just stop and enjoy what I was doing. And it’s something I know I am very guilty of still doing today! I’m constantly living my life as if it’s a series of deadlines: how many days until I defend my thesis, how many days until graduation, etc.
Do you ever feel like you’re living each day with this idea that only ‘x’ amount of days until ‘x’ event or the idea that my life will begin when ‘x’ event happens? If so, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing because we definitely have events in our life which we should be excited about: weddings, birthdays, trips, etc., but we can’t lose focus of the fact that we are alive today! We need to be sure we take some time every now and then to just enjoy the now before we invest all of our energy and time into things that are happening weeks, months, or years from now.
And so, yes this song is definitely slightly cheesy and dated, but it’s a good reminder that growing up is definitely an exciting thing, but we need to remember to enjoy the now too and to appreciate our waiting periods.
Take a listen if you’d like! 🙂
Oh, and one last thing…here is one of my favorite lines from the song:
~”Waiting, I know you’re waiting
you’d like your turn to do, just what you want.
It’s part of growing, you’re always growing
one day you’ll see and know
all the changes you must undergo.
You’ll be stronger then and taller then
and you’ll begin the best part of living”~