I’ve been having a hard time lately watching friends and family achieving different milestones. A new baby, a new job, a promotion, an award, it just seems like everything is happening to everyone else. While there a certain things I don’t necessarily want anymore because of my health, it’s hard to see other people living the life that I always assumed I’d have. I feel like like I’m standing outside in the rain peering through the window watching the world go by. It makes me feel like I’m completely isolated and on my own. So instead of feeling sorry for myself I’ve decided I need to celebrate the small victories. Because I have achievements, even though they aren’t exciting and most people don’t notice them. For example:
– At the moment all the surfaces in my house are clean all at the same time. This is a rare achievement as it’s hard for me to physically keep up with the mess makers I live with.
– I’ve been exercising more than I have in years. It’s not unusual for me to walk a couple miles, even after I’ve spent my day hustling kids and cleaning floors.
– I’ve made it to almost all of my kids’ end of school year events.
– I’ve been doing a better job of maintaining boundaries and saying no when I can’t do something.
– I’ve mostly maintained a good attitude of late, despite having the flu, followed by kidney stones, followed by a cold.
After taking stock of my small victories I noticed that there were a few things to remember for next time: