Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Onward Solider

Tick Tock. Tick Tock.

The clock marches on in it's steady, unending beat towards the future. I march along with it, head high, shoulders back, pack straight. Marching ahead never looking back, never slowing the pace never dropping down. 

Tick Tock, Tick Tock. 

But time marches on and my pack gets heavy. Filled with life and responsibility. New packs are added I carry them all and I march on, rarely looking back, rarely slowing the pace. 

Tick Tock, Tick Tock.

Still marching, marching, marching. Every day is the same but different. Time is moving on at the same cadence, the same pace and I can't keep up. I wear too many packs now. Wife, Mother, Homemaker,  Friend, Chef, Event Planner, Secretary, Banker, Writer, Creator, Daughter, Self. They're all filled, some overflowing and they are getting so heavy. They press on my back and shoulders. Each needing attention. If given proper attention my load could be lighter I could walk straighter making the other loads easier to carry. 

Time still marches on, head held high, steady cadence. 

Tick Tock Tick Tock

So I shuffle the packs, a little bit here and a little bit there. They weigh me down, slow my pace. I try not to stumble, I try to keep going strong. The packs, they just seem to fill up faster than I can unload and I fear I will be crawling soon. Under the weight of packs and all that they need. 

Still time marches on. 

Tick Tock, Tick Tock.

So must I. 


Shell said...

Beautiful post! And so relatable.

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful post Melissa! As always, you put such a beautiful spin on the everyday, that we all can relate to at one time or another.

Jamie said...

What a great post - a wonderful reminder that moving forward is the answer

Corinne Cunningham said...

Mmmm..... I hear you.
Thankfully we're given strong backs. But sometimes even that isn't enough to keep us going.
Hang in there, my friend.

Anonymous said...

Even though my kids are older now,I can so relate! I have blogged about a good bit of it on my blog and even mention the backpack analogy in this post (be sure to watch the video clip) http://bernicewood.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/up-in-the-air-with-george-clooney/

One Photo said...

I'm in catch up mode after vacation but had to read this from start to finish - I love this post, the imagery and the very real connections. Sometimes you have to just let all those packs slide off your back and onto the floor, go and just have fun, but it is hard to do - especially for a list loving perfectionist such as I have always been.