Hitting the Pause Button

When does life ever slow down? Wait, I know the answer to that, NEVER!

It feels like all my family ever does is move from one thing to the next. We never get to just sit down, relax and enjoy moments together. Does anyone else feel this same way?

Sometimes I daydream and wonder what a “normal” life would be like? Then I try to define “normal”, and I’m not really sure what that word even means…

Who is normal? What job is normal? I don’t think that anyone has a “normal” lifestyle. My idea of “normal” is probably totally different than yours.

Do “normal” families get to sit around all day and hang out with their kids without any worries in the world? I don’t believe so. Everyone has worries, no matter if they are big or small.

Since my life never seems to slow down, I have personally decided to prioritize and change things that I have control over.  I need to make my life as “normal” as possible for myself, my children, my husband and my home.

I want to be able to enjoy all the moments in my life. Not just some of them, but ALL of them. I am tired of them passing me by and not being able to soak them up. I feel like I’m in constant fast forward motion.  That’s why I’m choosing to take control and hit the pause button when I need to.

I want my family to be as “normal” as possible for our lifestyle.

Has your life ever gotten away from you? Where you able to hit the pause button and say “enough is enough”?


12 thoughts on “Hitting the Pause Button”

  1. The pause button is so very important when it comes to family time. It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday craziness, and we don’t even have kids! After last deployment, I made a promise to myself that no matter what hubs and I would go on a date night one a month, somewhere nice. We also make a point to just sit outside and talk over dinner. Being on our patio is a nice little “pause” from all the madness!

    I hope your pause is successful!

  2. I know I definitely need to hit the pause button. I hope that I can do that so I can enjoy my kids growing up.


  3. Thats exactly what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months! Its truely THE BEST!! Good for you! Keep doing what ya know is best for YOU and who cares what anyone else may think!

  4. Once upon a time I was a full time student, full time employee, full time dog owner and supporting my (by no fault of his own) unemployed boyfriend (now husband). There were times I just had to forcefully hit the pause button and just take a much needed time out. Even in just a small way like just going and walking around the mall for an hour or so to decompress.
    Hope you find your pause!

  5. You said it! How do we define “normal”? I really have no idea what normal is. We all probably have different opinions on what being a normal family consists of. But I say that normal isn’t always best. But making sure you treasure each moment with your family is! So press that pause button, and make sure to soak in ever “non normal” moment you can with your family. 🙂

  6. My life has most definitely gotten away from me, the moment I allowed it. I’ve actually just recently hit the pause button in the job area of my life. Due to the “normalness” of the “non normal” life we have, I had to change careers from one that doesn’t travel well with each new PCS. I caught myself wishing I had a normal life…then I realized that normal is what I define it as! This life IS my normal!!! Instead of being Sourpuss Stacey sitting in the corner having a woe-is-me-fest, I decided to go back to school, us the MyCAA financial assistance while I’m still eligible to use it (!!) and move on with my normal life.

    This was my Step1 in prioritizing my life: if I’m miserable, I’m taking the whole “ship” down with me 🙂

  7. True dat woman! I totally get it! I have all these great ideas of things that i want to do and I feel like we never do anything because the time goes by too quickly. Thanks for sharing and good luck on the prioritization!

  8. Life has been moving incredibly fast for us here lately… can I borrow your pause button? 😉 Some days I really do wish we could slow things down a bit.

  9. I completely can relate!! Although my children are now grown with families of their own, my husband and I have found it so hard to find time to just be together! Since he came home in late March we have been committed to something or someone every single weekend. When is it OUR time? Looking at the calendar – it looks like mid-September we may have a weekend. :o(
    Hit the pause button every chance you get!!

  10. This is such a timely post for me because I’m finally teaching myself to prioritize my life and use that pause button. There are so many goals I wanted to accomplish this summer, and I’m finding that I’m not accomplishing ANY of them. Why? Because I’m too busy enjoying my family and having fun! I realized my kids will never be this age again. I realized my husband had a rare opportunity to take leave for a vacation. I realized that there are too many fun things going on, and I don’t want to miss them because I’m staring at a computer screen.

    So thank you my friend for this reminder. I’m thoroughly enjoying my pause button!

  11. Funny… I ask myself the same thing ALL THE TIME! “Normal” seems to be something everyone wants but it means different things to all of us, so we should really just live the best way we can with what we have at the moment and call it “normal”. Besides, right now my life may be the most “normal” it’s gonna be for a while… I might as well enjoy it now!


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