Life kicked me in the nuts this week.
I know, I’m a girl, I’m not supposed to have them. But life? Has ways of finding them anyway!!!
From the truly important (my Dad-in-law started radiation treatments for bone cancer, plus it was the five-year anniversary of my Mum-in-law’s death), to the merely annoying (job prospects that seemed so promising at the start of the week dried up and blew away), to the barely worthy of mention (people were rude!), it was a tough one all the way around.
And sometimes I can keep going, cheer myself up and carry on.
And sometimes I can’t. As I’m sure sometimes you can’t. When that happens, it’s time to have a little wallow in self-pity and just get it over with. Make a pot of tea or open a bottle of wine. Sit by yourself or call in reinforcements. Cry till you’re a snotty, unattractive mess or laugh in the face of the world.
It’s OK to acknowledge that sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it feels like all the good stuff is going to others and not you. Sometimes you just have no idea what you’re supposed to do next.
Last night Alan and I finished a bottle of wine and I wept all over him. Today I went to my friend Sandy’s house and let her cat drool on me. Both events felt good. Letting down your guard is necessary before you can get back in there.
And once the wallow is over and your reinforcements have been thanked, you can play your anthem and believe that better times are just round the corner, that life, in fact, is better than it’s felt all week.
My anthem, you ask?
Tubthumping by Chumbwamba.
What’s your favourite pick-me-up when you’ve had one of those days (or weeks)?