Rushing into the airport bathroom, I heard a loud voice that cheerfully greeted me with, “Welcome to the Happy Zone!”
Moving forward I saw that the attendee had a big smile and was directing me to an available bathroom. While in the stall, I kept hearing her saying hello to people, chatting with them, and just being so upbeat in what she had to say. This woman was probably one of the most cheerful people I had ever encountered. What’s even more amazing is how genuine she was.
I stayed in there an extra couple of minutes just listening to her welcome everyone to the happy zone. I am usually known for having such a magnetic personality but I hadn’t sounded like that in a long time.
You see, life hadn’t been going the way I wanted it to the past couple of months.
Most of the time I felt tired and anxious even though everything that is in my little world is not much to complain about. Stressing over married life, kids, work, and friendships was starting to take a toll.
I thought a lot about that woman and her choice of words when walking out of there.
Where was this happy zone?
The trip I was about to go on with my husband was our quick get away for us to both recharge and have some much needed alone time without the kids. Both of us had been working way too much and it seemed we hardly saw each other.
After we got back, we felt stronger and more in sync.
For about a week anyway.
We had realized that bigger changes in our life needed to happen. This included more time for us as a family and as a couple. Date nights and crazy dance parties with our kids brought more everyday laughter. Running away to the beach and letting our children play in the sand lit up their faces and our hearts. Fun experiences and moments started to fill our days.
The spotlight moved to my choices. I decided that certain things were going to take a step back and that a new attitude was needed in other areas. Giving myself permission to let some things go while not feeling guilt was a huge weight off my chest. Hanging out with my friends reminded me of how fortunate I am to have such amazing people who are always supportive. Doing little things to relax and have time to myself was priceless.
It was a much needed better place by the beginning of January.
Hello to the New Year and memorable moments. Will it always be so amazing?
And that’s okay too. I have learned that life does hand you those stretches of time where you feel the weight of the world. It’s what you do and who you surround yourself with that brings you back to that place.
You know the one.
Welcome to the happy zone.
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