The Things We Value

With so many of the activities we love cancelled or placed on hold we’ve had a chance to see what truly matters to us all. What have you longed to do during this time? What have you missed the most? “You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone” has never been more true to more people. As the world begins to slowly open back up in many places, I’ve decided it’s a perfect time to make a list of all the things I’ve wanted to do during this time. I might not be able to realize all the activities and experiences I want, but just the very thought of having something to look forward to and be excited about has made getting through this cold and snowy February bearable. 

To be honest, a long vacation away is on the list, but most of the things I want to do are activities that aren’t overly extravagant. As I looked at my list I saw my priorities in life reflected back at me. 

I value friendship; dinner with friends, book club, couples’ brunch, shopping in an actual store with someone. 

I value the arts; festivals, concerts, museums. 

I value activities and the outdoors; volleyball, a Chicago river tour, 5k races. 

I value my marriage; a night away just the two of us, a fancy dinner out of the house alone.

I value my children; taking them to the zoo, enrolling them in camp, having their friends over, taking them to the pool.

Apparently I also value tacos, because I had a taco party on my list.

If you have a spare minute, in between all your responsibilities, take time to make a list of all the things you’ve missed out on recently. Give yourself something to look forward to. I hope soon we’ll all be able to tend to the things and people we value, live and in person.