Time Change: The Wisdom of Peter Pan

Last weekend, we moved our clocks back an hour and received that one precious hour of extra sleep. (I should add that when you’re the parent of young children, extra sleep is but an old wives tale). But how is it we are choosing to actually spend our time? At some point we might want to ask ourselves how much time we’re spending on the things that don’t matter so much.

As a kid, I remember reading the story of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. It was so clear to me that the world of grown ups easily lost sight of what was important. Likewise in the film “Hook” starring Robin Williams, Peter’s wife remarks angrily about how the children are growing up because he’s “missing it”. I remember thinking, “I would never end up like that!”

But here I am, a 40-something parent who’s forgotten how to play and whose kids just want to spend time with her. It seems the older I get, the easier it is to forget how to just be present in the moment. I’m always thinking about what work needs to be done, what bill needs to be paid, or what task needs to be scheduled. It’s so easy to lose track of time.

Who’s in the same boat with me? It’s ok to admit it. You’re a busy, working parent. You’re juggling a million things. It’s all a balancing act. But can you recommit yourself to the things that matter most? How will you spend your time after this time change?

 

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About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

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