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Life’s too short…

Have you ever had one of those gut wrenching feelings where you are apprehensive about something.  You don’t really know what that “something” is, but nothing feels quite right.  I sat at home yesterday, completely worried about “something”.  I couldn’t figure it out.  I only found comfort in knowing my kids and husband where home safe with me, but that feeling something bad was going to happen sucked the life right out of me.  I sat with my stomach in knots and nauseous, my face felt slightly numb and my body grew weak.  I tried hard to understand what it all meant, was I having a panic attack?   I can remember this happening once before, as I was driving home from my mother’s a few years back.  I was so freaked I called her from my cell phone and just kept talking to her because I thought I was going to be in some sort of accident or worse.  All was well and we made it home safely, but the uncomfortable feeling I had was something I didn’t want to experience again.

I got to thinking last night that if something did happen to me, what would my husband do?  And not how would life go on, although I’m positive he could figure it out.  I just can’t imagine how he would handle life as a single dad of a 1, 3 and 11 year old.   I imagined him and my kids having to live without me.  And it only made me more anxious and sad that I would miss out on my babies growing up.   I’m thirty-one and although we all want to grow old and live forever, I know how short life can be.  I woke up this morning vowing to myself that I would do everything I could to leave a lasting impression on my children and live in the moment.  That whole life’s short motto, has hit me hard.  I want to live life to the fullest and focus on the precious time I have been given.

I want my kids to know, feel and see how much I love and appreciate them.  I want them to be respectful and live life.  I want them to know whatever life hands us we will make the most of it, good or bad.

Michelle Cantu is a digital influencer, entrepreneur and business owner. She built a thriving community dedicated to supporting parents and inspiring moms. Michelle is in her fifth year of homeschooling her 4 kids with her husband right outside of San Antonio, Texas. Instagram, twitter and facebook.

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24 thoughts on “Life’s too short…

  1. Michelle,
    I’ve had a few instances like that where I felt panicked but I didn’t know why. It really makes you want to live life to the fullest and to make memories that loved ones can cherish in their hearts forever! I try to pray whenever I get that feeling and ask God to keep His hand on everyone I love! Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. You know, I have these same “attacks” and I have no idea why they happen. I think it has to do with being a new mommy or a mommy even of young children. I can’t really offer advice but live each day to the fullest and make memories with your children that will last a lifetime…. I feel what you are going through!

  3. I sometimes have these irrational fears too. Overdramatically, I used to think I was clairvoyant and predicting something. Then I realized it was the anxiety of loving my family so much that if I lost them I’d be devastated. I’m glad to know I’m not alone. Please have faith that you’ll be fine!

  4. Oh I get those feelings and thoughts too. I think it’s part of being a Mom. It drives me nuts sometimes that I just have to stop, pray, and know that God will lead the way for my husband and kids if I suddenly left this earth. I too can’t bare the thought of not seeing my little Jacob grow up. But we have faith and we are alive so lets live life because yes it is just darn too short!

  5. Oh I’ve had those feelings before, but it was usually when one of my girls were away from home & I ended up texting them 20+ times to make sure they were okay, which really irritated them 🙂

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  6. I think everyone has those feelings at one time or another. I think they mean for us to slow down and take stock of our lives. Sometimes we get to caught up in the nonsense of life that we forget to enjoy the good things. 🙂

  7. I’ve had a few moments when I’ve felt that something is wrong but couldn’t figure out what… at least right away. All I had to do was wait a while and then something would go wrong. I know how it feels imagining yourself gone, but try not to 🙂 Life you said, life is too short so enjoy it instead.

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