I’ve been thinking about backpacking trips when my kids were little…and specifically about crossing streams with littles, packs, and the threat of wet and miserable afternoons if an accidental slip were to occur. I was remembering times where I would cross a creek, get my footing and stability on a couple of rocks, and then help my kiddos across so that we didn’t go tumbling into the water.
Last weekend I flew to California to visit my sister and my brand new (adorable) niece. It was a short but wonderful and nourishing time of connection where I got to see and squeeze so many of my people.
On the second leg of my flight out to California I was seated right in front of several families with small children. As I settled into my seat to get ready to go, I heard the flight attendant walk around to each family individually, look at the responsible adults in each family, and say “remember, in case of emergency, put your mask on first before helping your children with their masks.”
Put your mask on first.
We’ve all heard that before, right? Put your mask on first, take care of yourself first…you can’t take care of those around you if you do not first take care of yourself.
We’ve all heard it, and yet, how hard is it to live it? We all know that we should prioritize our own self-care, but when it comes down to it, there is a vast difference between knowing what we should do, and being able to live out that knowledge.
My dear friends, I hope this week each of us can give ourselves the permission to take care of ourselves a little more. As I needed to get that firm footing in order to help my littles across the stream without falling in, I hope we’re willing to give ourselves a little more time and care, so we have the bandwidth to be there for those in our lives who might need us.
I hope you have an amazing week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!