I am tired, exhausted, drained, fatigued, overworked, worn, burned out, beat, and spent. The list could go on, but in short, I QUIT! The doctor’s appointments, therapy visits, school meetings, and the endless phone calls—on top of trying to work, raise a family, keep a home, and make a marriage work—it is just too much.
I find myself thinking for a brief moment about getting in the car and driving to a beach somewhere far from the chaos that I call life. The ding of the dryer quickly brings me back to reality. I cannot give up because I have four amazing children who need their mom.
We all have those days when we have reached our limit—yet somehow, we manage to keep going. Those times that the doctor’s visit do not go so well and we walk out to our car to find a flat tire. The days that we wake up late, drop the phone in the toilet and almost burn the house down because we forgot the pan of boiling water on the stove. Or when our kids are having a bad day and the grief of what life should have been hits.
We want to throw in the towel, scream and yell that it is too much and life is not fair! Why does my child, my family, have to go through this?
But the one thing that this life has taught me is that giving in or quitting is not an option.
As much as I would like to give my two weeks’ notice or submit my resignation, I know the reality is that I will wipe the tears from my ears, take a deep breath, and just keep moving on. To quote a famous personality, “When life gets you down, do you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming...just keep swimming...just keep swimming...” —Dory, Finding Nemo
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