After a repertoire of movements that involved every limbs of my body, from almost 4 a.m, I was so ready for my third cuppa by noon. My youngest was taken ill, so for the last couple of days her disturbed sleep naturally affected the quality of mine. No surprises there at all.
Coffee is an indulgence that I’m not giving up for its wonders to my busy schedule. It’s the best pick-me-up that works like magic. Soothes away an achy body, energizes the fuddled brain and restores order in chaotic times. Life is sometimes hard, surely one deserves a little treat now and then.
I decided to go for my workout at 7 ish for a quick energy booster that would help me stay alert come noon. Unfortunately, that didn’t last today. Hence, a second cuppa at 11 a.m. was direly needed. Then, a little incident triggered the panic button as my father-in-law seemed to be in a state that needed medical attention. When everything was sorted, it was less than half an hour before school pick-up. Thankfully I got the kids on time, plus a quick stop over to get some ingredients for lunch.
Upon reaching home, lunch preparation involved listening to three kids talking at once. Typical of them to chatter away about their day but oblivious to the rule of turn taking. Since everyone was trying to get my attention, they ended up bickering with each other. Enough to say that was an unwelcomed distraction, so I sent them off for some TV time. The idiot box is truly a blessing when it comes to this. Considering the level of caffeine in my bloodstream was running low, I was terribly well behaved.
As I brought in the laundry, my youngest needed a diaper change. And changed her I did about 20 minutes earlier. Now another trip to the toilet. Sigh. Didn’t even get a chance to sit down for some rest. Sigh. Again.
Naturally, I caved in for a third cup of 150ml piping hot liquid delight. A little treat to keep me going for the rest of the day. Oh, also that was to celebrate not having to pick up my eldest from school. An absolute bliss at 2 p.m. when the temperature was just right to stay indoor!
Life has always been busy and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Not having to leave the house for work and staying home don’t make much difference. But it’s a great feeling to be there for the kids completely instead of barking orders and telling them to get on because ‘I’m very busy’. Busy was my middle name when I was a working mum. The time that I had for my kids was pretty rushed. Learning to be in the moment by focusing on what’s happening without worrying (or pretending not to worry) about the passing time takes a lot of self-control. Although there are only four kids (err, five including their dad who should hire a personal assistant for all the reminders that I need to remember), juggling their daily activities and demands can be quite tricky. Thankfully my multi-tasking skill isn’t too bad, so it helps a little. That aside, I’m still struggling and sometimes I let negativity gets the best of me, which can be unpleasant. So what’s the most brilliant pick me up? Call a friend for a chat or leave the house. Just leave. Haha…
Someone seems to be fiddling with the time. An hour feels like 30 minutes and before you know it the day is already over. No matter how hard I tried to keep up, everyday is the same with the usual helter-skelter running around except on some Saturdays. I won’t bore you with the details as I’m sure yours are equally as packed and busy. So where did the time go? Let’s not talk about time management and poor prioritization because being a SAHM who also used to be a teacher, this is a non-issue. I’m supposed to be an expert. Right? Ho hum…
Nowadays, there is an over-reliance on modern technology to cut down on time. From cleaning to cooking, working to shopping, communicating to socialising and learning to travelling, everything can be done in a shorter duration. Time saving appears to be an important aspect of our lives. Strangely when the time gets saved, we tend to add other things to fill up that free time. Why do we do this when we are meant to do less? Well, I guess being idle is likened to laziness, by keeping busy we are being productive, and that makes us feel good.
The truth is there’s nothing wrong with doing nothing. It’s unnecessary to justify being busy or lacking time to do anything. Even if time is getting shorter, things still get done but will take a little longer. Being overwhelmed by busyness can be a good thing. Being bored to death can be a good thing too…simply surrender yourself to the moment and enjoy whatever comes next!