From the journal, ten years ago:
Tired. No time for anything. Do vacations even count when you have two kids? (The baby.. AND baby’s daddy:-) Look how I have to type my journal entries now. Abridged! Remember the days when I could just sit around with candles and an Erykah Badu CD? Then drive 27 miles or so, take myself to Ryan’s restaurant, waste money on a new smell good and CD, then buy a book, the self-discovery ones where you have to fill in the blanks? “All About Us,” “List Yourself,” “To Our Children’s Children” (Who knew the last one would serve a purpose.) Sigh… That was the life. I’m losing part of my sleep just writing this. I should be napping with the little one, like the parenting magazine says.
*A couple of years later, my second child came along. I can honestly say that my name is S, and I have no nerves.
*Parenthood and family has a way of bringing us out of ourselves and into something much more meaningful and special.
* I ditched novels and dove into magazines. They’re easier to digest, and you can do it mindlessly. Just flip the page, no need to actually read.
* Occasionally, I’ll splurge on a self-discovery book to stay sane.
* Who am I? What did they do with that other me, you know, the narcissist?!
YOUR TURN: How has your life changed over the past decade? How would you say the world in general has changed?