March is a month of change: winter is peeling away and starting to reveal early hints of spring. Birds begin to sing again, the clocks change, and for teachers, conference reports are written and we reunite with families to discuss their children’s growth. It has always been a heavy struggle. Early mornings, late nights, long days of work with anxiety riding over my head and a lack of productivity and/or foresight to balance good self-care and the added workload.
This year, however, is proving different. With new goals and outlook, a stronger and happier relationship than I’ve ever enjoyed, and a more holistic approach, the weight seems lighter. Last night, after finishing a very productive, healthy, happy day, while tucking into bed at a decent hour (a new thing for me), my mind wandered around the changes in this March’s inception. There are numerous factors, but it all seemed to boil down to the quote above. My best friend makes a HUGE difference in my life. He is generally very quiet, engages with relatively few people. I am certainly the more extroverted in our pair, a bit of a social butterfly at times, and yet, he is the world to me and has helped my foundation settle. We are moving and growing all the time, yet the partnership and joy is solid.
Is there a person in your life who stands as your rock? Who helps you see the sun is shining when you might not otherwise? If you haven’t today, I hope you tell that person. If it is you, give yourself credit for the independence and self-care you provide. We all deserve to love ourselves –as well as others. May we express our gratitude and share our happiness and achievements with those who help us on our journey each day.