It doesn't pay to be envious of someone else. You truly never know what someone else is going through. The "perfect couple" who divorces. The fancy car you can't afford. That nice house in the nice neighborhood where the husband killed his wife one day. The woman who has it all together and is miserable. The dream job that's a nightmare. If we really knew what was going on in other peoples' lives, maybe we'd all be happier with our own.
It's not that we're all out there living lies, but the public face
I try to walk a line here. Open, but respectful of my family's right to some privacy. Positive, but real, because one, not even my husband wants to listen to me whine; and two, negatives are, for the most part, fleeting. I don't want to look back at my blog and see that what I chose to document was things that make me unhappy. On the other hand, when everyone puts on their happy mask, it's easy to put pressure on ourselves or think less of ourselves because of problems are issues that are, in fact, perfectly normal.
I wouldn't ever want anyone to make the mistake of thinking I have it together. I'm a 37 year old
"I have to clean my house today,"
Said Mrs. Peggy Ann McKay.
"Domestic skills I sorely lack,
My counter's covered with paper stacks.
Last year's cards hang on the door.
Dog hair carpets all the floors.
The laundry should be put away.
I only found one shoe today.
The 'frigerator needs deep cleaned...
Those mashed potatoes are mighty green.
The milk is sour, the beans are blue--
The kitchen smells a bit like poo.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I think it's from the oven smoke.
The bathroom floor is damp and sticky.
Our toilet bowl is, frankly, icky.
My dog runs loose, my kids are chained,
The water in the tub won't drain.
Where to start? I need a drink,
But dirty glasses fill the sink.
We tried to get some help in here;
The cleaning lady ran in fear.
It's time now to reorganize
And get this mess de-supersized.
Some elbow grease would help, I trust,
To wipe away the years of dust.
My keys are regularly lost,
Important papers have been tossed.
I'm over this mess and ready to start--
This house will be a work of art.
I'll work so hard, I'll get this done...
But first I'm going for a run!"