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Desperate Working Mommas
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Tuesday, August 23, 2005
If success is a journey, not a destination, then why the freak am I running?!

(WARNING: The following post was inspired by this Demotivation poster. Just so you know. That is all.)

Sometimes I walk so fast it is as if I am in a dark tunnel and the only thing I can see is the distant arc-shaped patch of sunlight and trees breaking the darkness, and the path that I am speed-walking winding before me, away from me, until it is only a tiny prickpoint in the distance... I drag my children along with me by the hands, three of their footsteps for my every one, and they complain and whine and beg me to slow down. TGIM walks beside me saying, "Girl, why are you walking so fast?! Why don't we slow down? Look around? Smell the flowers?"

But I can't slow down. And because I am so focused on getting to where I am going and making it out of the tunnel so I can bask in that sunlight and cool my heels under those trees with TGIM and the kiddos, I ofttimes miss out on the delightful graffiti decorating the insides of the tunnel, the piles of trash lining the dank, greasy walls, the straggling, poopy-hued weeds straining for sunlight, oh, and the cat-sized rats scampering about, scrounging for cast-off food to take home to the wife and ratlets.

Wait. Hold on just a sec. Why should I slow down, again? Hmm?

Whoever said "Life: it's not the destination, it's the journey," was not traveling in MY tunnel, that's for damn sure.

link | posted by Cat at 7:51 AM

Anonymous kalki commented:

For me, at least sometimes, the faster I walk the farther away that arc-shaped patch of sunlight seems. What is up with that? That's like, the OPPOSITE of how it should be. Right?

» 8/23/2005 10:06 AM 
Blogger mrtl commented:

Or once you get out of the freakin' tunnel, another one begins.

I'm pissed at the person who said, "True happiness this way lies." Always a sign with an arrow. Always a destination and not a location. Always somewhere else to go.

» 8/23/2005 10:18 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous commented:

Happiness is tricky... If you search for it - you will not find it. However, if you choose to be content with what you have - happiness will find you.

» 8/23/2005 11:57 AM 
Blogger not-so-normal mom commented:

Maybe one of the problems is that, as a society, we are always looking for something bigger and better...Do you think you have now what you always wanted as a child? A good job, a hawt husband, happy, healthy kids, a nice house...? I think, just from what I'm reading about you, you are a fun-loving, happy person. I think that you have made your journey fun for those around you. The kids' journey seem like a blast! Just from what I read, I think you are very successful! The dirty tunnel is all in your head!!!!

» 8/23/2005 12:04 PM 
Blogger Cat commented:

I must admit, I was feeling cranky this morning and popped this sucker out. It is actually not an entirely true reflection of my life. I admit to employing hyperbole. Um, liberally. My tunnel is, as NSN Mom pointed out, fairly clean and full of fun twists and turns. Sure, the light seems far away most of the time, but that's a'ight, because getting there IS enjoyable. Sometimes "a blast," even! Well, MOST of the time anyway...

No worries. I took off my Cranky Pants. From now on I will definitely try to avoid Despair, Inc. when I am wearing them!

» 8/23/2005 2:55 PM 
Blogger not-so-normal mom commented:

I myself, have worn cranky pants from time to time. I promise you, they are bigger than yours, you cute little thing. Anyhoo, Dispair, inc. is an interesting lace to visit, as long as you don't live there. It's much like The Land of Denial...Which I have visited from time to time=)

» 8/23/2005 3:24 PM 
Blogger not-so-normal mom commented:

Interesting that I would say "lace" and not "place". Maybe I should edit BEFORE I publish! *duh*

» 8/23/2005 3:26 PM 

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