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Every single day so far this year - minus last week - has been about getting to grips with a new way of life.
It’s been about balancing on the edge of a cliff face, determined not to fall off. It’s been about struggling to maintain a sense of calm while a million things on my “to do” list whizz through my head.
It’s been about trying to be the best mum I can possibly be, while being the best radio presenter I can possibly be, while being the best copywriter I can possibly be, while being the best blogger I can possibly be, while being the best feature writer I can possibly be. And still remain some sort of wife to my husband.
In short, it’s been about survival against the ravages of tiredness and stress, for happiness to reign supreme.
But it’s not been about staying alive.
That’s what I tell myself every time I want to moan. Every morning when the alarm screeches into my dreams at 3.45am and I unglue my eyelids, I remind myself I am alive. I am happy. I am loved. I love.
My health, my child’s health and my husband’s health is, thankfully, intact. My sister is healthy, as is my father, mother and every other member of my extended family.
Every afternoon, when the toddler’s mood darkens and the storm clouds of rage threaten to break into an almighty tantrum, I remind myself I am lucky. I am alive. Happy. Loved. Love.
To be alive, healthy, happy. To love and be loved. Surely it’s all anyone can wish of their life?
This post is written as part of the #dosomethingyummy campaign from CLIC Sargent, to raise awareness of Yummy Mummy Week on 10th to 18th March 2012.
You can show your support by taking part in the writing prompt over at I Am Typecast and sharing these posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Mols, what a lovely post. Maybe we’re all guilty of getting too caught up in everything. xx
Ah, thank you lovely. Easy to lose sight of the important things in life, eh? x
Yes, definitely x
ah lovely. such a good reminder about what really matters and keeping perspective. thanks. B
So easy to lose perspective though, isn’t it?
anna tims (@ageingmatron) said:
Wonderful sentiment and one that’s all too easy to lose sight of. I was thinking along similar lines this morning when I heard of the Afghan children freezing to death in their tents.
Terrifying and utterly tragic what so many people have to face, around the world and in our own country. Makes me remember I don’t ever really have a right to moan.
This is such a lovely post and really strikes a chord with me right now. All I have to do is be the best Mum I can be and be the best wife I can be, but I seem to be really struggling with that right now. You are amazing to juggle all your ‘hats’. Happy, loved, love. I think this may be my new mantra!x
Join me and we can chant it together. Of all my hats, the mum and wife ones are often the most tricky to fit into! x
Expat Mammy said:
Blimey, I wouldn’t go that far!
Kylie @kykaree said:
What a great post. I think modern life is so hard, sometimes I feel overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done and balanced. But at least my life doesn’t depend on it. No one dies.
The constant juggle is hard isn’t it? But such tiny things I have to deal with compared to many others.
Circus Queen said:
I love what you’ve done with the theme of survival. A helpful reminder.
One I constantly need to keep telling myself!
To be happy that is it ….you have it
Easy to forget the little things in life though isn’t it?
Yes, and when you relax a while so some nice stuff comes in …win win
granny from the north said:
Your are doing a great job…and providing lifejackets for everyone around you!
Yes we are in sea mode going off for cruise..but ongoing support for whole family/friends is essentia to keep going and exploring lXXXX
Thanks Granny from the North. Have a BRILLIANT cruise – we will miss you! x
Nikki Thomas said:
That is so beautiful and so very true!
Thank you x
Blue Sky said:
A lovely positive post, it really helped to lift me today x
Actually Mummy... said:
I hadn’t really thought about it that way until I read a few posts this morning. I tend to hear awful stories and then live in fear of them, but you are so right to take them as a reminder of how lucky we are if we are not going through that. *pastes on smile and ingests more caffeine!*
I hear you! Totally know what you mean.
A lovely post and so very, very true.
Mummy Whisperer said:
Blimey that is one god awful time of the morning to wake up!
My top tips for exhaustion are baths in epsom salts (you can get big bags of it in healthy food shops) and blue berries – seem to help me every time, as I haven’t slept through the night in 6 yrs ;o)
Ooh, never heard of these tips before – will have to try them out. Thank you!
Missing Sleep said:
I raise my cuppa to being alive and you making us appreciate that! x
Emma White (@TheRealSupermum) said:
I have to admit I am my own worst enemy and take on far too much and can never say no – so much so my sleep and easting pattern is all over the place and my head hurts from even thinking at the moment x
You sound like me!
Great post Molly and I love the simplicity of that photo too. Thanks for joining in with all the #dosomethingyummy prompts and for helping out with the social media shout out xx
You’re more than welcome Nickie. Great cause. x
Nicola Cooper-Abbs said:
Thankyou for such a beautiful post. A sense of perspective is pretty important isn’t it? Thanks so much for being part of #dosomethingyummy
My pleasure. It’s a brilliant cause.