(submitted by a wife and mother)
When Life Throws A Curve Ball???
Why are we always faced with some really tough decisions in life? Life threw me a curve ball back in April and I had to re-evaluate what is really important for me and my well being. My husband and I separated and I had to make some pretty fast financial decisions.
I parked the truck, started taking transit and decided to start seriously looking for a job in Oshawa where I live. I had been travelling to Pickering and back at least 3-4 days per week, often times working into the evenings and not getting home until 9:00 p.m. My travel took 4 hours in a day, what a waste of time!!!! I applied for a job with excellent hours in Oshawa and I got the job. I was so very excited. I would miss my co-workers in Pickering but I am so happy to be working near my home.
When I get stressed, I want to keep my mind occupied but I was getting a little too carried away. I had five jobs (3 at-home dicta-typing jobs) and I also wanted to sing on the weekends. I had to put a stop to some of these chaotic behaviours because I knew if I wore myself too thin, I would end up getting sick. What good would that be? I now realize how hard it was for my spouse because when would we actually get to see each other and have quality time together? Most of the time, I was too tired to do anything, I just wanted to sleep on my off hours!! We hardly communicated because we were like two ships passing in the night.
The past few months have allowed me to reflect on what is really important – my family. My husband is in an addiction rehab residence and he is doing well. Oh, it WON’T be easy, trust me, I know this!!! I also know that we are married and my spouse has an illness – actually two of them – which both affect his mood negatively. It takes two to make a marriage work and we both have to work at it. For now, because of our poor decisions months back, we are working at it from a distance.
My goal is to be healthy and happy, that is all I want out of life.
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