As I am writing this I am thinking about how easy life would be some days if only there were two … or three of me. Then I realize that I am the one solely responsible for creating job opportunities for clones. I need to slow down and pace myself but that is easier said than done when I have a bucket list that is overflowing – amazing family and friends with whom I want to spend as much time as possible; a day job I really enjoy; my writing which brings me so much joy; my fur children who love walks and cuddles; the ‘to be read’ pile of books in the study (many brought home from the amazing ‘Ain’t Love Grand conference) ; and a room full of beautiful fabrics begging to be brought to life and made into outfits.
And let’s not forget the gym … which I need more than ever after a winter of wonderful family gatherings with too much delicious Greek food.
Apart from the obvious difficulty in arranging a clone, an equally difficult part would be deciding which bits of my super busy life to hand over to someone else. I don’t think that decision would come easily as I love each and every bit of it. Even the sad times and the disappointing moments make my life complete. All of it brings me joy, challenges, enormous satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment.
Eldest daughter asked me to stay a few extra days in Sydney recently, so of course I agreed. And it meant that I attended my first NRL grand final and my first day at the Randwick races. Life is so full of exciting experiences that need to be embraced and I do find it difficult to pace myself.
Just as I thought I was getting close to limiting my activities … yesterday I noticed something on the way to do the grocery shopping (actually the supermarket visit is one chore I could readily hand over to my clone). A sign announcing bridge lessons for beginners caught my attention. A light went off in my brain and a tiny opening appeared in my calendar. I have always wanted to learn to play bridge. I can’t play any seriously grown up social card games. My expertise in this area is limited to UNO and snap.
So I have decided I will learn bridge … but lessons will wait until next year.
Do you struggle to pace yourself … or is saying no a little easier for you?