Why is rest so hard for women? My husband can climb into bed and fall asleep within minutes, while I lie awake for hours. Just this morning I found myself wide awake at 4 a.m. going through a constant cycle of thinking, worrying, and praying. We leave for Florida in the morning, headed to Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (hence the title reference). I am so excited, but all the last minute planning is whirling around in my head like a tornado.
I mean, seriously, am I the only one who has to completely clean their house before a trip? We live in this crazy all the other days, but for this one week - that I'm not even here - the house MUST be perfect!
I think this just feeds into the endless control cycle we feel as women, especially moms. We know the happiness of our family rests heavily on our shoulders, so if all the details aren't outlined, if every possible scenario is not examined and addressed, then there may not be happiness. Then we have failed at our most important job.
But isn't that a lot of pressure to put on ourselves? We can't control the feelings and responses of others around us, but it doesn't stop us from trying. Everyday we constantly battle the need to keep all the plates spinning - work, husband, kids, school, dinner, kids complaining about dinner ... you get the idea. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make it all perfect. To control things that are really out of our control.
So, it's Friday, and that means the weekend is just around the corner. A weekend that really gives us an extra 24 hours (thanks Leap Year). While not everyone can take off to Florida to escape the stress of life, I would challenge you to take this revised Harry Potter oath with me - and solemnly swear to carve out some time to rest. Rest your mind, your body, and your spirit. And for just a bit, let go of control. You may find all the plates still keep spinning.