The future always seems so far away. Such a long, long time from now. And the funny thing is that whatever time frame you’ve conjured up and labeled as The Future, it always shows up unexpectedly. You think that you have more time and suddenly, you look around one day and it’s here.
Whoa. When did that happen? Am I really 30 years old with a husband and two children? Where did all of those years go? This is The Future and I never realized it was so close.
You stop for a minute and think, what exactly did I think I would have accomplished by now? What did I think life would look like? Is this what I thought The Future would be?
For me, I think this is almost exactly what I thought 30 would look like. Two awesome kids, an adoring husband, a simple and predictable but happy life. If you would have asked me at 20 what I thought this decade of my life would be, that is most certainly what I would have described.
And now that I’m here, I start to wonder what the more distant future will hold. Will I look around at 50 and feel the way I do at 30? Is there something I’m striving for that I need to start work on?
Because things don’t always happen because you follow your heart, like my marriage and my children. Some things take a plan, a course of action and ultimately a little bit of hard work.
As a child of a military father and divorced parents, I moved a lot. More times than I can count. And it has always been my dream to give my kids (and myself) something I never had – a place they can call home forever.
I want to build a home that we move into and never leave. That feels comforting to them when they’ve been gone a while. One they come to for every Thanksgiving. A place just big enough that there is always room for their growing families.
But building this dream takes time, it takes money and it takes a plan. It’s hard to see something you want and get frustrated that you can’t have it all now. I get defeated a lot. But that’s why you have to have a plan and every plan starts with a dream. This is my dream. My plan? Well, I haven’t got it all figured out yet, but I know I’m on my way.
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Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.