Appreciating Normal.

July 20, 2020

I used to take my kids to school each morning.

School was routine.

I took school for granted.

I used to go to church with my family on Sundays.

Church was routine.

I took church for granted.

I used to go shopping with friends.

Shopping was routine.

I took shopping for granted.

I used to go to restaurants and enjoy evenings out.

Restaurant dining was routine.

I took restaurants for granted.

I used to enjoy sporting events. 

Football games, basketball games, Kids, College & NFL.

Sporting events became routine.

I took sporting events for granted.

I used to host celebrations and fun get togethers.

Hosting events became routine.

I took parties and get togethers for granted. 

I used to run errands, without masks or worries.

Running errands was routine.

I took running errands for granted. 

Now, in this new normal, I look back at all of the routine, the mundane, the insignificant things that I took for granted. The things that were so normal and common, I failed to appreciate them. 

If I’ve learned anything from this pandemic, this state of the unknown, it’s that all the things that felt normal before, are the very things that I long for today. 

Normal feels nice.

Normal feels special.

Normal, something I’ll never take for granted again. 

xox, Chels

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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