What’s your survival strategy? No not the one where you fill 20 black bin liners with soil from the garden, pile them around the kitchen able and climb inside and sit with a tin of baked beans for a month, until help arrives (in the event of a nuclear attack). No, I’m talking about survival of everyday life.
The problem is everybody always thinks their problems are more severe than anyone else’s, so much more un-surmountable, so much more on the brink of meltdown.
Take us at the moment. Mandy’s very busy with her business here in the UK- Fabulous Photo Gifts – as we head into a frantic 3 weeks of Christmas shopping before last orders are called. In my day job – the ‘ecomonic climate’ means we’re exploring ever more creative ways to get business which means working much more than the 9 to 5…..
Amongst all of this are 5 great kids, trying to revise for exams, attend drama rehearsals, Christmas performances and visit their friends.
Did I mention the 4 cats and a dog that also demand their share of time?
And on top of all of that, we’re expected to keep up with reality TV shows like ‘I’m a celebrity – get me out of here” and the “X factor”. (actually the latter is a good excuse to down pc’s and take an evening off).
Heading for meltdown? At times it feels like it. Of late our daily routine means me getting up at 6.30am and both of us not getting to bed until past midnight.
It’s easy to be cynical and think well that’s the life they’ve chosen etc, or if you don’t like it – change it. We’re back to that ‘my problem is always worse than yours’ syndrome again I suppose.
We’re working on a plan to stick to the speed limits rather than face a fine for speeding, we’re taking more scenic routes rather than the fastest route and we’re traveling light with just the bear essentials rather than lugging caseloads of stuff around with us.
Travel plans have become more spontaneous and we’re actually stopping to admire the view (where it’s safe to pull over of course). We enjoy having to stop for old ladies crossing the road and waving out fellow motorists who’ve been waiting ages to pull out.
Christmas always gives the impression of being a more than usual hectic time for adults – so what’s your survival strategy? Sit in the dark and wait it out (with a tin of beans) or wind down the window of life and take a good sniff? Do tell how you’re taking (or planning to) take your foot of the gas pedal.
(apologies if I don’t reply to each and every comment – not my style you know but i could just be stuck in a traffic jam someplace)