LIFE LESSONS Finding my Lagom.
LOCKED OUT OF HER HOUSE, ELISABETH CARLSSON REALISED SHE WAS LOCKED INTO A HECTIC LIFESTYLE THAT SHE COULDN’T SUSTAIN
My son was crying on the oor outside our locked front door and my daughter was throwing a tantrum. I was hungry, exhausted and needing the toilet, so it was not a good time to discover that my bag, keys and phone were missing. It had been a manic day at work,
I’d had to run for the train, I’d collected the kids at nursery and then taken them swimming. Being unable to get into my house was the last straw.
It was right at that moment that it hit me – as I was struggling to t everything in, life was passing by. Every moment passed was a moment that I couldn’t get back. I had to get o that treadmill. We all know about mindfulness, but who actually has time, right? However, I knew that unless I changed my life and focused on the things that really mattered, I would just carry on regardless. I also knew I needed more time to understand the direction that my family and I wanted to take.
We need unscheduled and quiet moments to nd focus in our lives. Swedes like to say that: “First you work Lagom, then you take a break”. Lagom is a great Swedish word meaning ‘just right’ and can be applied to our personal lives, helping us to live in a more ful lled and happy way.
Being pushed to the edge, I decided to leave my job and focus on my studies to become a nutritional therapist. I’ll admit that it hasn’t always been easy and there have been moments when I’ve longed for my safe o ce job and a steady salary. However, I just had to remind myself of the time I was locked out and at the end of my tether, desperate for a better work-life balance, to know that it was all worth it.