I have been looking forward to summer vacation for months now. The idea of getting up in the morning without anywhere I have to be, doing great little organizational projects at home, crafting stuff, writing stuff, and cooking stuff. Just lots of fun stuff.
So far, I’ve been teaching a half day of summer school, which has been the best part of my days. For someone who has always been shy around strangers, I am horrible at enjoying time alone. I’m good for an afternoon, or even a day or two once in a great while, but I need interaction with people, whether they’re in fifth grade or collecting pensions.
In one more week I will be done with summer school, and then I’ll have to keep myself entertained for entire days at a time! And this is probably obvious to all of you already (I’m slow to catch on sometimes), but doing crafty things, organizing pantries, and fixing meals is not the least bit exciting when you are the only one who will see the results of your labor.
Hmm… what would I tell my kids if they came to me with this problem?
Get a life.
I’d probably be a little nicer about it, because that’s just the kind of fabulous mother I am, but basically – get off your butt, and go do things. Meet people. Join something. Seriously. And I do have friends. Honest! But do I have people over to my place for dinner? Never. Do I call them up and make plans with them to do… well… anything? Not so much. It’s tough to do with chronic pain, but most of my friends have known me long enough to know I can’t tell when my head will take over my day, and they’re genuinely nice people, so I think they’d understand. And most of them are teachers, so they have the same time off I do.
I find that most often I make my own unhappiness. This quote has been making the rounds on Pinterest – which I have an unhealthy attachment to, by the way. I laughed because it was a little bit snarky sounding, but then I realized it really is that basic. If you’re not happy, DO something about it.
We’ll see how this turns out.