Retrospective Perspectives

By Kathryn Magura

Ever come up with a title for a blog post you like so much that you feel like maybe you should quit while you’re ahead? Yeah, me neither… Just kidding, I’m pretty proud of this one. But what the heck do I mean?

This week I’m working remotely (shout out to my awesome University for allowing me to do this. I know I am fortunate to have the ability to flex my time this way.) and taking care of my niece and nephew while my brother and sister-in-law get a well-deserved vacation. Before you send me an “Aunt of the Year” mug, I should be transparent by saying the prospect of spending so much time alone with my niece and nephew stressed me out big time.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my niece and nephew. At ages 11 and 8 respectively, they are at a great age to be engaging yet independent. My fear stemmed more out of the unknown for what was to come. What would we eat? How would we stay busy after school? What if they don’t like having me here this long? What happens if I let the rules slide a little?

I got lost in the “what if’s” game when I should have focused on the precious opportunity I was being afforded. I have a great niece and nephew who love spending time with me. I have a great job and colleagues who are willing to step up and allow me to take this time to be with family. What a gift all around!

As this post goes live I will be about halfway through my week of time with my favorite kiddos. As I continue to reflect on the time we have spent together so far, and how needlessly I worried as we approached our week together, I am reminded of how I feel when taking on a big new project or job. It’s a big risk to get out there and try something new and unfamiliar, but most of the time the rewards far outweigh the potential costs. Even if things don’t work out exactly as planned (and trust me, some of us plan a LOT), we truly are better for getting out there and giving things our best shot.

Retrospective Perspectives