The Gift of Staying Home

I’ve been thinking.

The Oprah Magazine, October 2014, has on the cover, “See Life Through a New Lens!”

How to: Own your quirks, love your flaws and celebrate your style.

I don’t even need to read the article (but I will). I love it!

You know one of the things I have struggled with is how to explain to people my current life. As if I need to explain. I’ve rambling about this on at least two occasions.

How do you answer the inevitable question of “What do you do?” which basically means “Who are you?”

http://crazyinparis.com/2014/04/07/what-am-i/

http://crazyinparis.com/2014/05/14/whatcha-been-up-to/

Well, nothing has changed in my circumstances but I’m now in a place where I am comfortable with who I am. I know what I do. I don’t need to prove anything. I have embraced my present circumstances.  In fact, it is turning out quite nice.

Yesterday, I found an article in the Washington Post that nicely sums up my recent enlightment and feelings on the matter.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/09/23/with-kids-off-at-school-how-i-answer-so-what-do-you-do-all-day/

The summary:

When confronted with the question, “What do you do?” we think our answer has to be time worthwhile and productive.  We have to say something profound or our life is meaningless or the person will think less of us.

We put pressure on ourselves this way.

For me, I have the additional paranoia, of not just judgment, but that the person will somehow destroy my happy place.

Like the article states, staying at home is a luxury to many and something to feel humbled and grateful for on a daily basis.

It is a beautiful gift.

Here recently, I’ve come to enjoy being able to stay home.  Having my days free.  Not having to deal with the stress and people of a job. It’s a huge relief off my shoulders.  This is definitely a gift that has been given to me and I’m going to enjoy every moment of it.

I also seen on Facebook a little ditty that people will hate you; people will love you and it has nothing to do with you so really, my front of an answer, stutter or confident proclamation of my circumstances makes no difference.

My life is non-traditional.  Always has been. Probably always will be.  People in the traditional rat race will never get the life that has been given me.

And, I have finally stopped asking for a “normal” life and can now see my blessings.

Thank you God for the much needed rest from the world. I love my new sanctuary.

So yeah, I’m loving that. I’m owning that. Those are my flaws and this is my life.

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