I have heard a couple of songs on the radio recently. One is a current hit. One is from several years ago. The one from several years ago is about a woman questioning what she is doing with her life. I struggled with that for years. Why didn’t I finish college? What career path should I have taken?
I married early and had children. I had ill parents to tend. By the time, real opportunity came along for me to pursue something else, I didn’t have the resources to move on it. Resources aren’t just money. Time, energy, desire.
Perhaps it is the approach of middle age. Perhaps is it the imminent arrival of granddaughter number one and the fast approaching granddaughter number two. I am losing the sense of loss over missed opportunities.
The current song just made me recall my original dream. I don’t even know what about the song made me think what I did. All I ever wanted was to be a wife, mother and homemaker. I did all that along with a 9-5. My husband is my career and the 9-5 is a sideline.
I wouldn’t give myself a very good evaluation for my career performance right now. I have been sidetracked. I have this terrible weakness of allowing media-books, magazines, Pinterest-influence my decisions too greatly. I let the profit driven mass production world of commerce deceive me into thinking I am not in line with what is acceptable modern living. The problem develops because I cannot keep up with their standards and actually provide an appropriate lifestyle or living conditions for our real life household.
I am changing that already. I have made some decisions and some behavioral changes. I am having success with them. I feel better about a lot of things. My self-evaluation is having a positive effect of change.
Just be happy. He and his son have told me that. I am glad that line is sticking in my mind rather than the old one from a corny old movie. “Find and fulfil your destiny.” Nope. Create my destiny. Just be happy. Be wife. Be mama. Be granny. Be housekeeper. Be aunt. Be niece. Be cousin. Be sister. Be me.
I spent a lot of time waiting Saturday. I was waiting for a deer to walk out. I sat on the stand almost all day with no real movement of wildlife at all. The birds and squirrels were even remarkably quiet.
I spend a lot of time waiting every day, I think. Waiting for something to happen. What do I think is going to happen? I can’t even answer that question. I just feel as if something is about to happen. Something for which I need to wait.
Perhaps nothing is going to happen. What if I am just waiting? What if I just sit waiting until my time has run out and the days of my life have gone?
I am not blindly waiting. I am expectantly waiting. Waiting for whatever it is. I believe I will know when it happens.
Meanwhile, I try to stay busy. Going to work, trying to keep up with the house, cooking. I go with him when I can. Hunting, fishing, riding in the buggy. Whatever he does and wants me along. (Which is anyplace except his recliner.)
I also spend time thinking. Mentally preparing for the something that might happen. I think it might even be something no one else will see. Maybe it will simply be a shift of my perception. A change in my belief system. Not even all my beliefs. Just one or two. Enough to make my entire world change. The world I inhabit in my mind.
Sometimes I feel as if a big reveal is just about to happen. The curtain in my mind will fall away and I will see whatever it is I am supposed to know. Maybe just the seeking is the happening. It all feels strange and difficult to explain or examine.
What do I want? Peace of mind, contentment, purpose, a reason to spring out of bed every morning ready to start the day. I want to know that it is good and well for me to want to be happy. I want to know that it is good and well for me to want to love and be loved. I want to know that it is good and well to be alive and well.
I struggle with a type of survivor’s guilt and with a sense of abandonment. I depend on him so much to provide emotional support. I feel like an emotional vacuum at times. I try to not cling to him overmuch. Much of the time I want to curl up in his lap in that recliner and stay there.
One of the best things I have learned is that my feelings are not me. I was born terribly sensitive. So much so, my grandmother called me “Squall-bags” for a nickname. She always offered me a sugar tit. After spending most of my life held hostage by my emotions, I am finally getting free of them. Peace of mind is sure to come. Eventually, purpose will emerge with contentment to follow.