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Whether you are dealing with recent loss as Lori is or you are simply so tired that you poured the half-and-half in the sugar bowl instead of your coffee cup . . . sometimes adulting is a bit much. We need to remember to give ourselves a break.

Monday I woke up way early. Way, way early. I am not a morning person. Temperatures had dropped and we had the windows open. This should have been perfect sleeping weather. But once I woke up, I had to get up. Once I got up the cat knew I was up. There was no getting back to sleep.

But instead of getting to work, I grabbed a stack of library books. Since I write for young readers, I always have graphic novels and picture books on hand. I settled in the living room to read and listen to the birds.

This led me to three things we all need to remember when adulting.

Kid Stuff

First things first, remember the things that you loved to do when you were a kid or things that you loved to do with your own kids. For me, choice number 1 has always been reading. Always. Even before I could read text, I would read pictures. My father knew he had to beat me to the new National Geographic.

Maybe your recollection of choice is water fights or blowing bubbles, playdough or baking cookies, coloring or paper airplanes. These things are all still fun! And fun is a must when you are hip deep in adulting.

Laughter

Adulting is serious stuff and so it isn’t surprising that we tend to get . . . well, serious. We’re doing important things that keep the electricity on and our families healthy. But this seriousness is also why we need to remember to laugh and smile.

Fortunately, I’ve got a great set of online friends and cousins. They send me jokes and funny pictures. And I also like to read books for young readers. Kids love to laugh so there’s frequently a lot of humor in their books. Speaking of my friends and my cousins, that leads me to #3.

Sharing

Whether it is something funny or something sweet, take the time to share the joy you’ve found with someone else. It can be as simple as sharing a comic on Facebook or sending a friend a card. Think of it as sharing God’s light. You share the light with two people, they share the light with two people and so on.

It isn’t hard to imagine the result of sharing God’s love and God’s light. Adulting may be tough, but it doesn’t have to be dark. The last two years have been isolating and frustrating. Share a little light with someone today.

–SueBE