I’ve been in a bit of a funk. I’ve had a few family issues, I’ve changed jobs, and while I’ve had some big accomplishments (my first 70.3 and the Goofy Challenge), I’m not where I want to be physically. I’ve let social media get to me…you know, seeing everyone’s “perfect” lives online, when you’re life seems pale in comparison. I’m envious of the “Hooray for summer! We finally get to sleep in, no more packing lunches….” Yada, yada.
For my family, summer doesn’t really change anything – I still have to get up at 4:00 AM to workout, the kids still have to be out of bed by 6 AM to be dressed and out the door by 6:40, the Hubs and I will still be packing lunches daily. The upside? No homework or projects…well, that’s something, right? I’ve just grown so tired of the daily hamster in a wheel, rat race – the early mornings, the commutes, the rush to fit it all in. I’m not sure how to shake it off, but I am working on it.
I heard the perfect quote the other day about social media, something I definitely need to keep in mind, “You’re comparing someone’s highlight reel to your behind the scenes.” So true!
So tell me, do you struggle with “the funk”? How do you get out of it?
I had an excellent day with the kids yesterday. We spent time together at the neighborhood pool and went to the movies. My youngest, the Munchkin, declared while swimming, “I think we need to come to the pool every time it’s sunny on a Sunday!” Dude, I totally agree! Let’s do it. On the way home from the movies, the kids and I had a very deep, compelling discussion about…The Avengers and the ties between all the movies like Thor, Hulk, Captain America, etc. Very deep, indeed. Suddenly, I felt a little better. I felt the spark…the little spark that has been missing for quite some time. Of course facing Monday morning and the re-start of the rat race diminished that spark a little, sigh. But it’s reassuring to know that it’s still there.
Let's face it, being a parent is hard enough. Add in a full-time job, a commute, kid's activities, mommy/daddy activities and it's that much harder. But the spark still exists. Whew, I was starting to get worried.