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Kaleidoscope life aka why I write about exercise so much

Saturday, 8 February 2014

People ask me why I mainly just write about exercise these days. Why I don’t write more about parenting or my views on current events or social issues. Why I don’t write about what ELSE do I do besides working out. Why I don’t write more about my mental health and my feelings and stuff like that…

The short answer is that life is bloody complicated and exhausting, and exercise is the one thing that is black and white, totally straight forward, something that helps me cope with everything else that’s going on.

My mind is a roller coaster, just about every other day I decide to go back on Citalopram (but then change my mind)… parenting especially is tiring and complicated (try talking about Tutankhamun with a 5-year old for every single day for more than a week! try talking through friends issues and bullying with a 9-year old who comes home from school in tears…).

Even on good days it’s all about the kids and even when we do fun things, it’s only really fun for them because despite some great advertising I’ve seen –  there is.no.such.thing.as “Fun for the whole family!”

Of course it’s a little bit of fun to see them having fun but very often I think I’d rather just sit on a beach on some tropical island surrounded by nothing but the sound of waves and drinking piña colatas.

And typing that is exactly why I don’t like to write about parenting too much because I’m afraid I’ll sound like a total dick for saying that my kids exhaust me.

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Birthday parties with 22 boys OR a day on the beach?

Exercise, on the other hand is so straight forward. No matter how I feel, I feel a billion times better and able to handle all the complicated bits of my life once I’ve had a run or a Crossfit session. 1+1=2. Simple. Unlike most other things in life.

And it because it’s straight forward, it’s easy to write about and I don’t have to worry about offending anyone or sounding like a douche.

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I look at it like this: life’s a kaleidoscope – it’s all bright colours and constant change but I can only handle that complexity and brightness if I have some black and white in my life on a regular basis as well.

 

 

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  • Muriel Sunday, 9 February 2014 at 15:53

    I really think that it is more difficult for women, because I was told that the sky was the limit and clearly it was a big fat lie: I have to work, take care of the kids, run the house and feel guilty because that’s part of being a mum.
    If exercise works for you, it is great. As for me, I think that I am addicted to writing. We all manage as best as we can, right?

    • MrsB Monday, 10 February 2014 at 08:52

      Exactly. We all need the outlet that is JUST US. Not the ‘mother’ we are or the ‘wife’ we are or the ‘daughter’ we are or the ’employee’ we are, but just us…

  • Lucy Saturday, 8 February 2014 at 23:13

    Very nicely put. You don’t sound like a douche, sometimes it’s as simple as just grabbing some time for yourself so that you can be a better mum

    • MrsB Monday, 10 February 2014 at 08:53

      I grab a LOT of time to myself :) But I figure that’s just how much it takes!

  • abradypus Saturday, 8 February 2014 at 22:26

    Black and white is good. Colour is good. Finding a balance that works for you is even better.