I shared a video in 2012 called “The Years are Short” by Gretchen Rubin. She’d published a book called “The Happiness Project” and someone who’d liked her work had shared this video.
While I never got around to reading the book, the video has stayed with me. The idea that “the days are long, but the years are short” is one I’ve thought about and shared many a time.
There’s a moment in the video when Gretchen realizes that the seemingly mundane bus ride with her daughter was “it.” “It” was parenting, “it” was her daughter’s childhood and life itself.
I’m very grateful for that realization as I’ve had the benefit of carrying it with me since I became a parent. It is something I think about nearly every time I find myself doing something that seems mundane with my daughter.
Thank you, Gretchen.