There is a way to have it all.
When the boss asks you to work longer hours at the job, you do. When the kids need you, you're there. When a friend is in need, you reach out.
But at the end of the day, you fantasize about a freer future so you can really embrace the moment. When you miss out on something that's just for you, you tell yourself that tomorrow is another day.
Still, a part of you knows that something is missing. You're just not sure what.
Writer, traveler and independent non-executive director Diana Wu David experienced her own personal struggle with being active but not living in the present and the effect this had on her relationships.
"I checked my email in the dark while my youngest child lay next to me, hoping he would fall asleep by the 10 pm conference call. My kids never seem to adhere to my schedule, always wanting to talk about whether being a ninja is a job, or if having a crush on a boy is a normal thing at age ten, or whether all parents had to die ..."
It took some time, and some brushes with death, to realize that these moments are precious and fleeting. And I was there for them, but I wasn't there, there."
Can you relate? I can.
As a mother of four children, as much as I love my family, I've often zoned out during dinner or a late-night chat with thoughts about work. While out to dinner, I'll struggle not to check my email or type a quick message and hit send.
I've wondered if I can really experience all the things that I love. At the end of the day, it's a struggle to do it all and keep life work balance.
How about you? If you're like me, ready to live more fully in the present, it's time to consider running with time in a new way — run free.
In her TedX Talk, Diana Wu David explains how running free is more than just a way of doing things.
It gives you permission to embrace the things you really love.