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Is life really getting more exhausting all the time?

Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 9:32 AM

I am not sure if it is an aging attribute or just me, but I find myself on a Monday, scheduling our everyday activities right through the weekend. It feels as if I had lost the weekend before the week has even begun. Let alone once the weekend is here, it is gone and I am right back at it on Monday planning the next week. I am exhausted just thinking all that needs to be accomplished before I even start my day on Monday.

It wasn't like that in my earlier days, I was a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal. What ever happened happened and if something were to come up, well that was just fine with me, I can add to my busy schedule, no big deal. Now if something unexpectedly comes up, anxiety sets in and I start worrying about getting everything done, and just where am I going to add one more thing to my week? I am so fearful that I will forget something and that I will disappoint someone.

I was under the impression that once the kids left the immediate household, that life would slow down. I expected that when one reached this stage of life, they didn't have to follow schedules or run around making sure to hit as many ballgames and concerts as humanely possible, and run someone here or there, always trying to beat the clock and be in the right place at the appointed time.

I feel that my rearing of my munchkins era was lost some where amid the rush, but at times now I actually miss those days. Perhaps because I was so laid back and understanding if something didn't get done, no matter how busy I might have been. There was always another day in my week that I could have gotten done what I hadn't.

Is it that so much does go on in one's day these days that we are all perpetually overwhelmed and overbooked? Is this pressured feeling more of a sign of the times and not so much a sign of old age? Do other age groups feel this very way? Is it both genders and not one? Is it one income bracket or another? Is it not so much one latitude or longitude?

Does this fear of missing one important scheduled moment within a week's time and this feeling of utter failure when the realization that I have not accomplished all that I had set out to by the time the next Monday has arrived and the feeling of lost days happen to you...or is it just me?

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