Having been a full time Mom these last 20 years and spending my every waking moment focused on raising good humans and creating a healthy upbringing and happy home, and now that the kids are gone and the farm is settled , I find myself wanting to BE more and DO more than just a housewife.
Housewife. I hate that word. And no… I do not watch any of those ridiculous “real” housewife shows. I think they and “reality ” TV in general has been the worst influence on our society… but that’s another rant for another time.
I have been working on some projects that have been spinning around my head for the last said 20 years… while I was caring for everyone but myself… and Now is the time. smile! They are coming soon!!!
But Midlife can also be a time when we finally have some extra time.
What do we want to do with it? Play, travel, do all those things that we always wanted to do? YES!!!
How about volunteering.
I burnt myself out on volunteering for a while there , when my kids were in school. I said yes to everything because, “I didn’t work”.
Now I’m ready to get back on board. The problem is I want to help everywhere but am determined not to over yes myself this time.
I’m thinking instead of over committing and over extending myself and leaving me no time to do my creative projects, for now I am going to do ONE GOOD THING a week.
Like last week, I gave blood.
The week before that I picked up trash along the roadside.
maybe not wear your good shoes if YOU go pick up trash…
This week??? I’ll let you know. Who knows… maybe I WILL overextend and end up doing ONE GOOD THING a day.
It doesn’t have to be a big thing… even thanking an Old man wearing a Navy hat in the grocery store checkout line for his service, and listening to him tell you about Vietnam. Our Elderly are not respected or admired or appreciated as much as they should be.
Complimenting a noticeably, uncomfortable shy someone…
How about helping out a young exhausted Mother???
Helping out a neighbor….
You know the neighbors that Jesus spoke of when he said “love thy neighbor as thyself”? Newsflash… that means all your neighbors. Your conservative neighbors, your liberal neighbors, your black neighbors, latino, gay, straight, Asian, LGBTQ, ………….
And for the record Neighbors means all humans.
I plan on making midlife matter . Not just to me but to my neighbors, strangers, the enviornment …… just make a difference…
now that I have some extra time.
who else is with me?
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