I have a number of texts on my phone waiting for a response. Even more emails in my ‘flagged’ compartment waiting to be read/responded to. A few messages on, or in relation to, my blogs which I want or need to reply to. Some Facebook messages which have gone unanswered and fallen off the radar, and a few other messages on my phone or laptop which are floating in the back of my mind and I know need a response.
On top of that, I have a mental list of emails which need sending, meetings which need organising, people who I need to speak to, and forms I need to fill in. I have events to plan, my diary to attend to, the bathroom to clean, and boxes of uni stuff to sort. I am on top of my washing, which is a first.
There have been a number of difficult days recently, and I’m struggling to pull my thoughts together well enough to respond to things properly, so they get left. The lethal combination of Mum’s illness, a looming exam, and the change of living at home compared to living at uni, has lead to a few too many sleepless nights and anxious moments – I’m exhausted.
I feel like I’ve been buried in a hole, and every time I try to catch up, life moves on. Life is moving too fast for me and I can’t keep up the pace. As the days have gone on, more things have slipped: an email response here, a text there, a phone call that I really should have returned last week. Time in our house feels slow compared to the outside world and that only serves to slow me down further.
I will catch up, but it’s going to take time. My exam is tomorrow, so at least after that some revision time can be spent doing admin-y stuff, though I still have a dissertation to start, friends to see, and fresh air to breathe.
So this is a post to apologise to all those people who are missing a reply. I’m not ignoring you and it’s not personal, it’s just that some days all I manage to fit in is work, revision, and sleep. It’s also a post to let my regular followers know that there won’t be a HuffPo blog this week, because I just don’t have the time or the brain space (my brain is largely filled with the statistics exam content at the moment). Most of all, it’s a post to be honest, because I know that my social media presence is largely full of my happy, busy, life (which is my life most of the time!), but I also have difficult days and I feel they need to be included to. I’ve had a couple of messages asking for advice lately (and I will always prioritise these – so don’t be put off sending one if you feel the need to), which suggests that there are some people following me who are in a similar situation, and the last thing I want to do is paint a false picture of what living next to this crappy disease is really like.
3 thoughts on “Difficult Days”
you seem like such a kind, beautiful person Naomi. I feel so much for what you’re going through. Please stay strong and never ever change, never stop being yourself ❤
Take all the time you need to get yourself together. The number of different stressors you have at the moment are more than many of us face, so its completely understandable if you need to take time out Xx
Make yourself number one for a few weeks. Everything else can wait. Time will have passed by and some of those emails and phone messages won’t even need an answer by then. Be Number 1.