By The Wiz
Guest post by WbPraw
My life is very busy, but not necessarily all that complicated. I have four kids ranging from 5 to 14 (which means I dropped one at kindergarten this year and one at high school for her freshman year). I have the usual craziness: pick ups, drop offs, football, piano, scouts, YW, PTA, church callings, etc. All very busy, but manageable.
Yesterday, I came home from spending hundreds of dollars at the grocery store and started to put it all away. As I was transferring cereal from their original boxes into the tupperware cereal containers, it dawned on me that this was a complication that was taking up my time unnecessarily. The one and only reason this is done at all is because my husband hates that the cereal boxes are never closed completey. I do it for him because I love him and I don’t love lectures about the correct way to close a cereal box. (DH has many of these little issues, but that’s a different discussion altogether) This is one tiny example of how people in my life seem to thrive on complications lately.
Another such person is my son’s football coach who is also a dear friend of ours. Wow, can he complicate the crap out of everything! (I’m pretty sure he doesn’t frequent MMW so I think I’m safe to share.) The boys already practice every day for two hours and keep in mind school just started, but he wants the parents to become a “family” so he wants to organize a bbq where we can relax, hang out, get to know each other, support each other, set up carpools, blah, blah, blah. He doesn’t want to put anyone out, so he lists 3 or 4 places this bbq “might” take place, asks for donations, whatever we can give, or if we want to donate supplies, lets us know where we might buy said supplies, etc, etc, etc. My mind was swimming as I was trying to figure out just what was being planned when one of the moms called out “Why don’t we just do a potluck after Friday’s practice?” THANK YOU! Uncomplicated, done! Same coach just changed Friday’s practice/potluck to an optional practice where they come and watch films and get pointers, but the location is TBA because he needs to find a place big enough for the whole team to be able to watch one tv. Recomplicated, crap! Oh, and tomorrow’s Friday.
Another friend of mine who has basically the same schedule as me when it comes to school and football also seems to unnecessarily complicate her life. She creates schedules for herself and unless she sticks to that schedule completely, she gets very stressed out. She cannot understand why I’m not as stressed as she is. Hmm. Is it just me? Am I that lazy? I just don’t think life needs to be that hard. Take things as they come, I say, and do the best you can. There are definitely enough complications out there with out creating more out of thin air.
What do you think? What do you do to complicate your life?
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