Summer, Summer, Summer Time….
(It may not be the coolest thing to admit, but on the first few days of summer, I find it ridiculously refreshing to drive around with my windows down blasting a little Fresh Prince.) (Anyone else?) (Bueller?)
As we inch toward summer time for all of us (even though SOME of us are already there, complete with fruity cocktail…), and we shed that not-so-fresh feeling that comes along with the end of the school year, we begin to feel (yet again) as if we could take on the world.
AAAAANNNNNNDDDDD…..Cue the never-ending To Do List.
Seriously. It’s like our incredible super power (the ability to multi-task the PANTS off anyone) which is used only for good between the months of September and June, turns to evil as soon as it hits July. We get all, “Of COURSE I’m going to clean out all my closets, volunteer at the animal shelter, organize that pile of pictures into gorgeous albums AND have time left over for pleasure reading before I tackle writing that new social studies unit and tweaking those math lessons for next year.
What about resting? Relaxing? Recharging? Are those on your list?
I feel as if I am an expert on the topic of over-committing myself when I have a moment of free time. I have suffered from Over Commitment Syndrome (or OCS) for many, many agonizing years now.
An example. I just had a baby, right? I should be resting every moment I possibly can, right? I should be lounging as I recover from my labor, right?
Instead, every time Mini Mimi lays her gorgeous head down for a snooze, I turn into a whirlwind of activity.
Dishwasher emptied? Check!
Latest chapter book for the Reading Extravaganza read? Check!
Ten ho-jillionth thank you note written? Check!
Fresh load of baby related laundry in the wash? Check!
Cat fed? Check!
Emails answered? Check!
Me rested? (What’s the opposite of check? Un-check?) Well, then, UN-CHECK!
Am I happy? I think that is the most sick part of OCS. It makes me happy. I am at my happiest when I have a full list to tackle and approximately one more task than I can comfortably handle on my plate. (That is until the very delicate balance tips and I find myself in a puddle….of tears.) (Mr. Mimi loves that about me.) (Not.)
So take these last couple of days worth of posts…take them and learn from them. Think about them. Do not replicate them. Find a way to enjoy your summer. Don’t over commit and keep those To Do Lists (as glorious as they are) in CHECK!
(Two posts in a row! Take THAT!)