Yes, I’m like everyone else. I’m low on time. And unlike most of the blogs I follow, I’m not a mother of one, never mind 2 or 3 or more. You would think that I’d have more time. But I do not. I am continuously struggling to balance my life, to make time for me, for my goals and pursuits.
This month I am succeeding. I started my Get Fit Challenge. I’ve been making time for myself to eat healthy. I’ve been making time to go to the gym at least 4x a week. I’m making time to accomplish my goal – 19 lbs and 12 inches to lose. Two weeks in and I’m already down 5 lbs and 2 inches – only 14 and 10 to go.
It made it easier that my parents were away for a few days. I love them dearly and visit them at least 3x a week, which while lovely, takes hours out of my day. Often, I go with the intention of staying half-an-hour and then making my way to the gym or home to clean or run errands. But usually nothing else gets done and I’m there till A will be home from work, so I have to rush around. And then there are other relatives who I really should go visit on a regular basis – but my time is limited and there’s only one of me to go around.
But, along the theme of more and less, I can think of a few more:
Less debt, more savings
Less gossipers, more friends
Less tears, more smiles
Less writer’s block, more blogging
Less waiting, more living!
I think that last one is really important. I feel like I’m always waiting for something. I waited for A to propose, I waited for the wedding, I waited till we were ready to buy a house. Now I’m waiting for A to be ready to have kids – if that ever happens. But, maybe, instead of waiting I should spend more time just living. Instead of waiting to have a child, spend more time enjoying just being a couple without any pressure to procreate.
There’s always a list of things we want more of or less of. If I find more time to myself to get things done, maybe I’ll be more relaxed and less rushed, less of a chicken running around with my head cut off.
This post inspired Sleep is For the Weak’s Writing Workshop prompt # 5 – What do you need to do more of? What do you need to do less of?