When my oldest was a little boy, we would spend the day with friends and after coming home from a very full and fun day, he would promptly ask,
All I could do was stare at him in disbelief. How could he possibly want to go somewhere else? How could he be so ungrateful for the time we spent doing fun things the entire day?
But, over the years, I began to see this wasn’t a matter of being ungrateful. It was a case of what we call in our house The Let Downs.
We all have events in our lives that create memories, cause adrenaline rushes, are super fun or even super stressful that once over, cause us to feel let down. We don’t know where to go from here. We feel directionless and perhaps even a little sad.
Pregnancy and delivery feel a bit like that to me. Once it is over, even though I have this wonderful little babe in my arms, I find myself wondering, “What now?”
My husband feels like this after vacation. He throws himself into vacation, soaks up every minute of it, and once back home, he has a hard time going back to the day to day.
As adults, we know life can’t be all fun and games, but children get the “let-downs” and don’t know why or what to do about it. It’s helpful to let them know what they are feeling and what they will be doing once the big event is over so they can see that life isn’t going to just stop, but it will be different
I have to be honest with you, I’m sitting here writing this with a case of the Let Downs myself. My focus last week was the big ebook sale. I was so excited about it and it consumed a lot of energy, but that is over. Of course, I have a million and one things to do next, but I’m finding myself thinking, “What now?”
So, today I’m going to take some time to regroup. I’m going to look at these areas:
and jot down some of my thoughts, make myself a Next Thing List and get going.
So, how about you? Ever feel like you have the Let Downs? What do you do to overcome it?