Can I ask you a question? Are you happy?
And I don't really mean in a right now, this instant kind of a way, but in a fundamental general sense - Are you happy with your life?
Lately, it feels like everybody I come into contact with seems discontent. (FYI- This excludes my immediate family, my husband is a generally cheerful guy and the kids are silly, ridiculous little people.)
But it seems that most of the moms (both random ones and my friends) I have chatted with recently seem blue. My facebook home page is a strange list of vaguely angry status updates about misbehaving children and bitter political statements.
Is this just me? Am I hanging out at the wrong parks? Or is the world, especially the mommyhood full of unhappy people? Are we housewives really desperate?
I totally get having a bad day. I have definitely had some days that are crappy, sometimes literally. But I've been getting the sense that for some of the people I've been encountering it goes deeper than that.
As for myself, I am happy. I freely acknowledge that this mommy gig is freaking hard work, but I don't want to be doing anything else. I have bad days. I lose my temper sometimes, probably more than I should. But I'm truly grateful for my husband, my children and my life, even if there are occasional blurry moments in the big picture.
Bottom line, the negatively is starting to get to me. It's making it hard to keep things in perspective and I feel like I'm starting to have more negative thoughts because I'm hearing more negative thoughts (does that make sense to anybody else?).
What I think is it's time to up the positive in my life, but I'm not exactly sure how.
What do you do when you feel a case of the blues threatening to attack?
Do you have any suggestions? Where do the happy moms hang out? Are there any fun, uplifting blogs or websites you can recommend?
I've tried listening to fun music and jump starting my workout routine, both of which have been a success. I've also reached out to a couple of moms I know who are generally uplifting people to be around with mixed success, summer always seems a tricky time to meet up.
Am I missing something?