Thursday, 26 April 2012
Beware the barrenness of a busy life*
people keep telling me how busy they are and i used to be busy, until i had unemployment thrust upon me but i am not so busy now and i am loving it. for me it is no badge of honour to say i am flat chat, cant find time to scratch myself, run off my feet. when i was doing that i hated it and i am pleased to catch my breath, notice my kids and talk to friends. admittedly i dont like being financially dependent and i miss the social interaction of the workplace but i dont miss being constantly compromised, dont miss manic supermarket trips and crummy meals born of exhaustion both physical and creative.
these days i get the kids off to school, chat a little on facebook, do some chores, then maybe some study or some informal "research" watching birth videos and reading birth/doula articles. after that there are the podiatrist, chiro and dentist visits, the occasional meeting at a school and the endless taxi-ing of teenagers. amongst all of that i might blog a little and i know i mentioned chores but honestly, washing up around here is in a special category, less a chore and more a lifestyle. it's also worthy of note that somebody is always short of knickers or socks or shoes and i'm always chasing that stuff.
now that i have about 30 hours a week to "spare" i feel like i'm actually living rather than running on a wheel. it wont be forever, i have a retirement to save for, teenagers to raise, a leaky shower to be fixed, dreams of travel and professional development and on it goes so busy kylie will have to reappear but next time you are telling someone how busy you are, stop a sec and consider how you might be able to detour to the slow road, not forever, just for a bit. a bit of thinking time never hurt nobody :)
*quote from socrates