Life at 75 MPH

by sarahenni on July 6, 2012

Recently Dr H and I hosted his grandparents here in D.C. In the car, en route to Dr H’s graduation ceremony, we were telling his grandmother (who, delightfully, goes by Ma) how much we’ve been doing lately, how busy we’ve been. We were tired and we’d be excited when the biggest events were over, we said.

She nodded, very understanding. But she imparted some casual wisdom in a Tennessee twang (as southern grandmothers are wont to do): “Don’t slow down.”

Other versions of this advice (Live for today! YOLO!) have never resonated with me that much. This came almost as a warning: Don’t slow down, don’t wish the big things were over. Don’t retreat from experiences in your own life. Live life now, and fully, and happily.

It’s been a crazy summer so far, but I’m glad for every big amazing thing, like Bestie Danielle getting married in a gorgeous vineyard ceremony (upper left picture). And even the small things like sneaking onto a little league field to have softball practice on the Fourth of July and barely dodging a storm front while floating a river. Piling laundry on the cat, trying a new recipe for mango glazed salmon. It’s all been fun. Busy, fast, relentless sometimes. But fun.

It’s tempting, but resist. Don’t slow down. (But eventually, be sure to write it all down.)

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Sash July 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Don’t slow down aka bowling next weekend! YOLO! :) xo

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sarahenni July 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

You know it!! <3

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Krispy July 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Ah, such wise advice! My summer hasn’t been that crazy, but I have been exhausted because of the puppy and even some wedding prep for my bestie, who is getting hitched early next year! But it’s all fun, and I guess we ought to run while we still can, right? #YOLO (a term I find totally hilarious.)

Your summer looks great, and your cat is still soooooo cute! He looks so smooshable. :)

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Jessica Love July 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Such awesome advice. I’m getting older (er…) and many of my friends seem to be settling into a quiet routine. And I’m just NOT. I have sometimes wondered if this is some sort of flaw on my part. Should I be popping out kids and worrying about nothing else but diapers and the PTA? Or even without kids, should I spend my free money on a mortgage instead of concerts and travel and all of that? But then I think about this and…NO. I shouldn’t. Not if I don’t want to. I have no desire to slow down. Glad Dr. H’s Ma has my back on that one. :-)

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