This morning I went dumpster diving and it was the most joy I found in weeks.
Am I unbalanced?
I was thinking lately about joy, about balance. The main sectors of my life for the last several years has been family, work, and training for marathons, etc.. I like things clean. I am happy when these sectors don’t collide….when they don’t interrupt other sectors..
Now my sectors are colliding and I feel unbalanced.
Yesterday I took time off of work to train..I didn’t get all of my work done at the end of the day.
Work is so busy I feel guilty for doing anything besides work…I don’t worry about money because of my hard work, but I don’t have time. I drive my car fast because I would rather pay a ticket then lose a few moments of extra time. I tell my son not to speed.
Work pulls at me when I am with family. Another email that needs responding to after hours. It will only take a few minutes.
I eat my lunch while driving to work out or while pacing around the kitchen.
Sometimes I am too busy to write. I should be working. I didn’t get caught up today.
Then the kids pull at me. There is always something going on after school that I have to take them to or be at. Then there was the last couple of weeks spending every moment with my MIL as she was in the final stages of cancer. Then I have to decide which kids to sacrifice the other kids for. Do I cancel out on my daughter’s first opera to stay home with a sick kid??
Then there was my son who was having issues with colitis and he couldn’t get treatment until he gave a sample. He couldn’t get a sample. Then this morning after another call to the doctor, I got the idea of taking a couple of specimens and making it into one sample. Great idea, but it involved me going out into the dumpster with rubber gloves and digging around. But I was successful! Now my son is on medicine and I feel so happy about it.
But I was late for work..
It is so hard to keep my life in balance.
Being very busy at work for the last 3 months, having to hire someone, having to train someone, more work, more customer service issues because we are busier..
Being busy at home running kids around, housework, laundry, dishes, sick kids, a death in the family…
Training for an 18 mile trail run, a marathon, and a Half Iron.
This morning I jokingly said to my husband that I wake up with shit on my lips. Sounds disgusting, I know. I wake up stressed. I mutter to myself oh shit off and on all day. I fall asleep at night stressed and exhausted.
Is all of this effort worth it?
Most of the time I can keep up, but I feel so unbalanced right now… I want to do everything well, but sometimes I have to leave some important things undone and that bothers me.