Photo taken of the Minneapolis skyline from North Minneapolis.
I really needed a run today. But it just wasn’t in the cards. Instead, what did I do?
I attended my first ever face to face meeting as an advocate and lobbyist for the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign with a key member of Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison’s team. (It felt strange to be out of my mom uniform of jeans and a t-shirt and actually looking dressed up!). I went shopping for wine and desserts for the Shot@Life party I am hosting at my house next Wednesday. I checked to see if any more of the 120 people I invited to my event responded. I read over the list of activities and duties that are on my plate for next week during the launch of Shot@Life in conjunction with the UN Global Immunization week. I went to my son’s first grade music concert. I picked up one excited daughter after a preschool playmate and tried to play Barbies with her for a few minutes.
Then, I came home and crashed. My energy is drained. My neck and head hurt. I am completely wiped out. I couldn’t even summon up the effort for a run. Instead, I decided that I need to take a few moments and just breathe. Next week is going to be an incredibly exciting week yet very busy. I need to have the energy, motivation and health to go full force into being a walking, talking, writing, blogging advocate for the week.
I feel so silly admitting I’m tired when some mom’s walk over 15 miles carrying their children on their backs in order to provide them with the life-saving vaccines they need. Yet I am only human.
So, after downloading three more photos of posts on Guatemala, I saved my work and left it undone. There will be plenty of time for it later. For now, time to do something I don’t do often. Sit down and do nothing. (Well, at least until the kids finish watching their cartoons and I need to make dinner, give them a bath, read them a book, brush their teeth, tuck them in bed, and lay on the floor for two minutes).
Stay tuned…More Guatemala to come as well as a post on my day as a Shot@Life Advocate and Guest post on Monday, during the official launch week for Shot@Life!