How many of you feel the stress of life? It seems like today we all have things that stress us out. As kids we worry about what others think of us. We all want to have friends, be popular and make those good grades. As teens you want to have the nice car and good clothes. As adults it seems like it just gets even more stressful with houses, cars and raising your kids.

As I go through life, I am learning that what you have is not as important as who you share your life with. I have so many special people in my life who love me for who I am. I do not have one single person in my life who loves me because I drive a four wheel drive vehicle. On that same note I have never been told “Aunt Chrissy, I love you because you buy me cool stuff”. My mom has never told me “Honey, I love you because you always have the most expensive phone”. I know that all sounds so silly but people love you and want to stay your friend because of who you are.

I am a very ‘stressed’ person. I worry a lot. I know it’s not good for you and I know it’s not what I am supposed to do but it just happens. Stress increases my blood pressure. Stress tires me out. Stress is giving me, whether or not I want to believe it, gray hairs.

In my life I am trying to de-stress. It’s not easy and it’s not a quick fix but slowly I am learning that if we simplify our lives life can be so much more relaxing. I still have a house, car and kids, but I am learning that letting go and not fretting is going to be the best avenue for me. I am learning to enjoy sights, smells and feelings.

Rather than going someplace and rushing and trying to get there early I have learned to enjoy the sights along the way. I’ve always been one to enjoy the music on the radio, now I sing along and talk about happy memories that some songs bring to me. When walking through the neighborhood I now look at the flowers. I notice the way that people take the time to decorate their homes so they look more inviting and happy. This makes me smile. I also am more grateful for who I have in my life that what I have in my life. I love my husband, my kids, my family, and my friends. These are the people who care about me and that I care about the most. We all have to be there for each other every day to make sure that we all take the time to enjoy life and just relax.

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”  -Democritus


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