What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from “What Ifs,” Too Much Texting & Peppa Pig

As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Stephanie Kanowitz:

I’m supposed to pick only one thing I’d like to break free from this Passover, but I’m struggling to edit down the list. Not that I have it bad by any stretch of the imagination, but in my dream world there would be:

* No whining by my 4-year-old.

* No temper tantrums involving the rag doll pose or the flinging back of the head onto hard surfaces by my 1-year-old.

* No questioning myself about whether I’m irreparably damaging my child by taking him to the mall while I shop instead of to a concert one time out of 1,000.

* No “Peppa Pig.” Absolutely no “Peppa Pig.”

From Sarah Chen:

I want to break free from begging my toddler to stop gargling his beverages. Milk, water, Shabbat kiddush grape juice . . . I wish he or I could just move on.

From Leora Leeder:

I want freedom from the “What Ifs” and the “Whys,” as in, “What if I had made different choices when I was younger?” and, “Why is my reality so far removed from the life I thought I would have, so different from all the plans I had made in my head?” I want to stop feeling like I need a time machine to correct mistakes, and I want to enjoy every minute of every day, fully in the present with my daughter, without the niggling voice of doubt from the past.

From Rachel Minkowsky:

I want to break free from using texting and Facebook as my mode of communication with the world. I’m married with two children and hold a full-time job, so the Time Formerly Known As Mine is pretty booked. But I need to figure out how to carve a few minutes out of my day to make phone calls. I miss my friends’ voices.

What’s your exodus this year? Let us know by either emailing or tweeting @Kveller with #WhatsYourExodus.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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