There's a lot happening around here at the moment...
The House! How lucky we were...... we have already started considering what we will do, renovations wise.
Work! I am taking new directions in that... it will be different, hopefully enjoyable.
I am trying to crank up my PhD work.
Baby plans have moved forward. All the "pre-baby" health things are being thought of and actioned.
It's exciting..and yet, it makes me anxious. Full of "but what if (insert thing here) happens"
I worry about whether I have the skills to take my job in this direction, even though there is no reason why not.
I am extremely sensitive to new mums talking about their crying babies. About how "it is the hardest job in the world". So sensitive that I have unfollowed a few people on facebook.
Thank God for the Mums I follow on these blogs - they are an excellent counterpoint and are so positive.
What if I don't know what to do? What if I don't like it? What if I fall to pieces? Get depressed? I have already made an anxious call to my mum confirming that she will be there to give instructions when I don't know what to do. It's not something you can practice for.
The underlying theme here is that I worry that I won't be good enough.
I worry that I won't be good enough, without any evidence that that is true.
By the by, I caught up with a friend whose marriage is on it's last legs. I went to Uni with him. We did the uni thing, graduated together, got married at similar times. Some of our colleagues had kids. Now they are having number 2 and 3. Now the first lot of marriages are breaking up....all different stages of life.
I told him without batting an eyelid that, whatever happens, he will be alright. There will be a time when he is happy. I told him that with absolute confidence, based on my own experience of that happening.
I need to learn to have a bit of faith. That anticipating the worst doesn't insulate me against bad things happening, but will definitely erode my confidence. I am somebody for whom the anticipation is almost always worse than the actuality.
I am having to learn to back myself, to have confidence in the fact that I can deal with things, and make the best of things. I've done it many times before, and I can do it again. Fear, like guilt, is a wasteful emotion much of the time.
Thankyou for reading that ramble. x