Monday, 12 October 2015

The Straw

I bet that there's a few of you out there who remember the campaign that urged kids to drink up their Unigate milk  before the Humphreys got it  Those stickers depicted those tell-tale  straws were like gold dust at my junior school.  Never at any time in history have milkmen been so harassed by small children begging for freebies.

The straw that I'm going to talk about today is the type that broke the camel's back rather than the one that was a  '70's milk thief.  I suspect that one is the type made of plant material rather than of the red and white striped variety.   I nearly came to the stage last week where one more tiny thing was added to the pile and  I came close to collapsing under the burden of everything that there is to do....work, the house, studying, looking after myself and my boy.......

And then someone told me that they admired how, when faced with adversity, I always sought solutions rather than throwing in the towel. It felt like an affirmation of strength at a time when I was feeling more than a  bit creaky. This time I took a deep look at what I have to do at the moment and decided it all really is too much. What could be realistically cut out?  Socialising?  No, I need time with my friends and family to destress.  After all my work isn't a picnic in the park.

So with a little reluctance I am delaying my master's studies as it was the only thing that seemed to be able to go. It would have been nice to get it done and dusted but I can't give it the time and attention at the moment.  I'll review the situation after Christmas.  In the meantime I'll use the freed up time to  try to get a handle on work, straighten the house and do some exercise. Let's hope I can get my head back in a book early in 2016


9 comments:

  1. We can only do so much. Better to prioritise and let something go, than to do everything badly or, worse still, collapse in a heap under the weight of everything. Be kind to yourself, recharge your batteries.

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  2. Sensible idea dear chum to recognise this now before your health suffers. Arilxx

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  3. As someone that took another nine years to get back to school after round one, I remember how hard the juggle was even with second parent and a slew of family helping out.

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  4. Sounds like a sensible decision to me - one that I failed to make, and my health suffered.

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  5. Make a list of priorities, then all the rest can wait. My daughter did a master's degree with a job and two small boys (and a husband who often works away) .... I still don't understand where she found the time.

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  6. Thanks guys for all the encouragement. It feels like a weight off my mind now I've made the decision. xx

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  7. Good for you to be able to admit that it is all too much at the moment and for making the necessary changes. Women are too used to doing it all at the expense of themselves! Be kind to yourself. When the time is right you will get back to it.

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