So, one day last week, when I was running errands with my daughter and simultaneously sifting through these anxiety-ridden thoughts, I had THREE strangers say the exact same thing to me. With eyes drenched with nostalgia, they looked at my squirmy toddler with her angelic face, and said "those were the best days of my life," as they went on to describe their grown children and the rapid pace at which time passes.
I had heard people say this before, but never three different people on the exact same day, so I felt I needed to embrace it and look a little deeper into my daughter's eyes and take a little more time to coddle her as she cries away her teething woes. To appreciate every little moment, whether daunting or delightful, and worry a little less about deadlines and people scrutinizing my work. I thought about myself, twenty-five years down the road-saying the exact same thing to a frazzled mother trying to juggle all the commitments that life springs on us. Seize the Day.