"They" were right all along!!!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
All my life I've heard that if you don't take care of yourself, you're no good to anyone else. Thought this was rubbish! I was a good mother, good wife, so what if I was overweight and tired...I was taking care of everyone around me, and if I must say so myself, I thought I was doing a pretty good job.
Well, I'm older and wiser now, a member of SP, and finally have realized that "they" were right all along! I think I often played the martyr when I was younger, expecting everyone to applaud my ability to put everyone else first. Riding to my son's swim meets, cheering for my daughter in a theater production, working full-time while trying to keep a lot of balls in the air at the same time...wow, it was tiring, especially since I was carrying at least 50 extra pounds around with me every day. Don't get me wrong, I loved my life, but I was SO TIRED a lot of the time!
My children are now grown and my husband has retired, and I'm in my last 3 years of teaching...and I finally get it...I'VE GOT TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF! Not for anyone else, but for me...so that I can live longer, feel better, and truly enjoy every wonderful day. And you know what, I don't feel guilty about that anymore!