As mums we all bang on about how we could do with some me time, how we just need to have some peace and quiet, a little time…you know…without the kids. Not surprising considering the average mum gets just 17 minutes of ‘me time’ to themselves a day…and that’s probably on a good one!
But here’s the cruelty of me time. The fools that we are – the minute we get this wonderful me time we have been clambering over ourselves to get – we are then literally besides ourselves with anything from guilt, anxiety, withdrawal symptoms..you name it…depending on the type of mum we are.
Errrrrr excuse me but…..what is wrong with us????!
Why can’t we just bloody well enjoy the me time when we get it??!
Well just last week I was granted the mother of all mum me times…a full four days whilst my partner took our daughter up North to see his parents for a few days.
Obviously at this point I should have been running through fields of lavender.
Was I f***.
Nope, instead I was a blithering wreck, angst-ing over the journey up there, whether they should be going at all, if perhaps we were making a HUGE mistake, or even that maybe I should be going with them after all. I even cried a bit.
My god what is wrong with me???!
As it turned out, despite hitting a deer on the way up (gah!) it wasn’t as bad as it turned out. Did I spend the four days chillaxing as any mum in her right might would do?
Did I hell. I wore myself out with a plethora of diy projects and missions, punctuated by a rare annual pedicure where half of my feet fell off in dead skin. Blurgh!
Yes parting is such sweet sorrow. But when oh when will us mums actually let go and enjoy the me time we get when we eventually (if ever) get it. I’m still waiting for that moment. Is anyone truly there yet? I’d love to know….please chime in with a comment below and let me know I’m not the only one who behaves in this CRAZY way once I finally get some me time.
P.S. I’m really sorry those of you who might be reading this craving some me time so badly you would chew your forearm off for it. I’m simply telling it how it is!
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