I sometimes feel like I spend the vast majority of my free time grocery shopping. I don't necessarily enjoy this activity but I do it because not feeding your children is usually frowned upon. It is one of those incessant, unrewarding activities that no one tells you about when you are a child. I mean, seriously, if they did tell you about all the shit you have to deal with as an adult, no one would grow up. And then who would change the diapers and watch really crappy reality TV and manufacture alcohol? It's really better that we are kept in the dark.
I sometimes, though, feel as though I skidded around the corner of adolescence into the hallway of adulthood, with lipstick on my teeth, staggering in my heels with my skirt tucked up into my panties. All of the stuff that goes along with being a grown up is sometimes overwhelming. Paying bills, providing necessities and hopefully desires for your family, feeding, cooking cleaning laundryoilchangestaxesmortgagesplanningforretirement....it all sometimes melds into a big ball of overwhelming-ness and stress and anxiety and I wanna curl up in the fetal position-ness.
If I ever invent time travel, I am going to invest heavily in the benzodiazapine business. I get their appeal, really I do.
I also get why grown ups seemed so stressed when I was a kid. I get why that kind of information is hidden from children. If I, with my alleged adult capabilities and sensibilities, find all of the responsibility to be paralyzing, I could only imagine what a child would think.
I don't know that it will ever get better. Mostly because I am pretty crazy and tend to beat myself up and I never feel that I am good enough or doing enough. Does any adult not have their issues, though? Maybe childhood isn't all it's cracked up to be. Maybe the real good time is adulthood, where you have access to self soothing and vacations and rational thought.
Or maybe the real fun is when you are elderly and can say whatever the fuck you want and blame it on dementia and drink as much alcohol and eat as much chocolate as you can because "we don't know how much longer we will have her with us." In fact, that sounds so super good to me that I can't wait until I'm like 80.
I'm totally going for the benzos then. Just because I can.