Downtime – (noun)
- a time of reduced activity or inactivity (google.com)
I remember downtime.
There was early morning downtime after I worked out. The mid-morning downtime when I caught up with my co-workers after arriving at the office. The late afternoon downtime. The after work, after dinner, after whatever I wanted downtime. I had so much downtime I didn’t even know what to do with it all. I should have considered selling it.
I don’t get much “downtime” anymore. This time of “reduced activity” is limited. As a matter of fact, if downtime was measured, I’m certain I’d be in the red. Bath-time is one of the times I now find downtime. I’m one of the fortunate parents who has a kid that absolutely loves the bath and so I’ll sit and watch him play, which can usually buy me about 15-20 minutes.
Admittedly, I let him play for so long because sweet baby Jesus, I’m tired. I’ve probably been up since 5AM and I am wiped. Morning workout and mom duties, nine hours of full-time work duties, and then home for afternoon life responsibilities. This just lightly dusts what so many other moms out there are doing (don’t worry I’ll be tapping you later).
For me in that moment, though, I’m going to sit on the floor next to the tub and soak up the smiles, the laughter and the love that this kid gives off. Yes, I’m going to check my phone, make some social media posts and send a few text messages. No, I’m not going to worry about the dishes or laundry or how dirty the floor is I’m sitting on. Yes, there is hair galore and okay, my self-diagnosed OCD might take over and I’ll wipe up a bit, but I’m not doing much than that. I’m going to enjoy this new-found bath-time downtime. I remember downtime.
I might not have an abundance of it like I used too, but the time I do find is enough. I’m finding it now has meaning, purpose and I tend to be more effective with it.
If you’re still seeking some downtime, I suggest you test out the floor of the bathroom during bath-time. Also, the photos captured at tub level are ah-maz-ing.
“A good life is when you smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have.” – Unknown