Ever since I started a new job in August, my schedule has become tighter, busier, sometimes insane. It takes me up to 2X longer to commute than to my former job, costs 2X as much in gas, plus tolls if I take the tollway, for less than 50% of what our previous household income was before my DH was forced to retire (the company's new phrase for laying off the 65 yo crowd), and paying 100% of my health benefits.
4:30a - iPad sings the alarm to me, time to "wake up" the body
5:00 - 6:30a - exercise, shower & dress, other morning routines
6:30a - commute, can be 30mins, can be 1 1/2 hrs (!!!) depending upon traffic
7:00 (or arrival time) - 3:30/4:00 - work (am in IT, always busy)
Try to hit the evening commute no later than 4:30, emphasis on "try"
1 1/2 hr commute home (!!!) - yep, usually
So often, I get home exhausted, nodding off after dinner, and have little time to unwind with my DH before heading to bed. This commute and being the sole wage earner are a huge drain, physically, emotionally, financially.
Still have to keep up my training for a Feb marathon, and stay conditioned for the 2015 triathlon season.
All the same....Life is too short...
I am thankful to have a job, a roof over my head, a well-running vehicle, and whatever is left of my health. My DH is doing alright, health wise, and learning to cook more than spaghetti, steak and scrambled eggs (his former repertoire); he's getting pretty good.
My house is shabbier than it used to be, but, we're trying to make some holiday cheerfulness for our 4yo Grandson's arrival next week.
My kids are all grown, but, we come together at least once a week (oldest son lives about 3hrs away, comes as often as he can with the Grandson).
I remind myself to look around and appreciate what we do have. What seems little to me would be a lot to someone else. Admittedly, I am a bit jealous of my friends who seem so much better off; we're such a materialistic society.
All the same...Life is too short.
So, i try to embrace each day with a smile. After all, I usually get to see a sunrise. The people I work with are fun and me laugh. There is still reason to celebrate what should be a joyful season. Still a reason to enjoy what surrounds me.
I don't celebrate me, never have. But I would like to know that you celebrate YOU!
After all...Life is too short...