WIT :: of my life and what could be


After several fruitless days of whingeing and feeling downtrodden, I felt it time to focus on the positive. My pity party had overstayed its welcome and I was getting sick of myself, so today we switch gears.

Today, we talk about things that make me happy.

I feel happy when…

I have long, uninterrupted time to read.

I have long, uninterrupted time to write.

I have long, uninterrupted time to play in my closet and create outfits.

I’m not hot.

I’m not hurried.

I feel accomplished.

I wake to my body and not to my alarm clock.

Well, shit. I think I just described retirement.

So, clearly, I won’t find constant happiness until I’m 65. But there’s no way I can continue living feeling strained and drained and snatching greedily at spare moments like a scrabbling goblin under the bridge and making me and those around me miserable in the process. Therefore, I must prioritize my life to maximize my happiness potential.


So it really won’t kill me if I don’t have a perfect lesson plan. The world won’t end if grades aren’t inputted immediately to the server. Kids would rather sit and talk to each other than learn to knit right now. No one will notice if I don’t post an OOTD on the blog/Instagram every day. My kids are old enough to make their own dinners. Laundry does not have to be done on Wednesdays and Saturdays; sometimes, Thursday ends up being a better laundry day.

But I feel good when I run my 10K steps. I smile more knowing I’ve got a plot twist all figured out for my novel. I am at peace with the world when I’ve got at least two weeks’ worth of outfits hanging in order of wear in my closet.

I guess we know where my priorities lie, eh?

Does that make me a selfish git? And do I care if it does?


8 thoughts on “WIT :: of my life and what could be

  1. It’s always a good thing to figure out what’s important my friend!

  2. Val S says:

    I laughed out loud at your line about describing retirement! I’ve been torn since I don’t have an office job – on one hand, I don’t want to have plans and obligations. On the other hand, I need some structure. Or I just need to quit analyzing and just take each day as it comes.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Wanna trade? Because I can create structure from a day with no plans and obligations; ’tis what I did all summer. ;p

      But yes, perhaps we all over analyze, which is silly because we should leave the analyzing to experts.

  3. Patti says:

    relax, enjoy when you can – those things we think are so urgent right now are most often meaningless in a day or so! (I write as I sip coffee, watching tennis and feeling so fine).

    • mtsedwards says:

      I hear that! I tell my students all the time that no one will care about their SAT scores at the end of the day, but I guess it’s all perspective, isn’t it?

  4. 😆 I bet if we all sat down and thought about what makes us happy, we’d describe retirement. 😛

    • mtsedwards says:

      I wonder if retired people feel the same way. I’ve known only three people in my life who have retired in my presence, but all three have ceased regular communique so I can’t ask. Maybe they’re all sleeping in. ;p

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