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Tend to Your Knitting

There are so many things lately that make me really, really sad. Sometimes, my heart feels raw.

Partly I blame my crazy hormonal hangover from the roller coaster of having two babies in two years - and the sleeplessness, body image issues, etc. that come along with all of that. Partly I blame winter, whose long dark nights usher in a general sense of blues.

I’m not sure of the cause, but this season just feels heavy. And I know I’m not the only one.

My Instagram feed has a lot of sadness. Twitter has a lot of bitterness. I had to deactivate my Facebook to sidestep the torrent of negativity in full effect there. (I’m happy to report that Pinterest, though, is still pretty much still just recipes and crafts.)

At a time when I want to burrow under blankets and sink into a blissfully ignorant hibernation for the next two months or so, I know I need to keep my nose to the grindstone and keep pushing on.

I have babies who are growing and jobs to do. Dinners to cook and a house to clean. And it’s in the monotony of routine that I find myself drawing that next breath and putting these hard days behind me.

My parents always told me that when times were tough or when I encountered difficulty with finding patience in a waiting period to “tend to [my] knitting”. AKA to work diligently while time passed and things got easier, I adjusted, and/or new opportunities presented themselves.

It’s good advice.

I actually took up knitting in high school and enjoy it immensely now. The rhythm of knitting stitch after stitch and watching a piece grow from basically nothing is both peaceful and exhilarating.

While I may not have as much time to work on my knitting as I would like, it’s nice to apply this analogy to my day-to-day activities that keep me afloat and help me to press through my periods of difficult feelings.

I encourage you, if you’re feeling the pressure of this heavy season, to tend to your knitting and press on. A new season will come and you will have the chance to move into new growth as a result of this difficult time. Stick to your guns. Be true to yourself. Ask for help. And give it time. Tomorrow is always a new day, with a fresh beginning of its very own.

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