I was reading a magazine the other day, and it had a very lovely piece in it about what can happen in 15 minutes. The question was asked "What would you do if you had 15 more minutes in your day?" I don't know where they found these women, but apparently the lack of a spare quarter hour is keeping us from taking over the world. One woman said she would play more with her daughter. Another said she would sleep. Go to the gym, cook healthy meals, read a book...the list was not that surprising. Until I got to the woman who would learn another language. That was the last straw. Really? You'd learn French, if only you could find a spare 15 minutes a day?! That's the best excuse you could come up with for not being bilingual?
As women (and mothers are the worst at this) we tend to get caught up in the whole "no time for me" game. No one has it as rough as us. We are overtired, the house is a mess, the kids are eating pop-tarts for dinner, and our bodies look like blimps. All because we don't have the time. Well I say yeah right. Quit with the excuses. Do you watch TV? Then you have time to exercise. Do you spend time cruising the internet? That's your choice, and if you really wanted to have a clean house you'd just get off the damn computer and clean.
It's all about the choices. We choose to cook instant food. We sit on the couch when we could be out walking. We watch TV instead of playing with the kids. We sleep in an extra 15 minutes rather than learning another language. Okay, that one might not work. But you see what I mean. Don't whine. Don't complain about being overworked and tired. I'm not saying it's wrong to relax, cook KD, and turn a blind eye to the dust bunnies. If that's the way you want to live, go for it! But don't try to fool yourself (and all of us) into believing you just don't have the time to do differently. If it really means enough, you will find time for it. Whatever it is. Quit bitching and take responsibility for your choices!
I think I might have gotten a little too worked up about this magazine article. And it's not like I'm innocent, either. Yes, I do it too. In fact, if I didn't have to write this blog, I'm sure I would have time to write a book AND learn another language....