So we asked you what your resolutions were as parents, but what about ones for yourself? I remember well those early years as a mother and how important it was to take time out for myself. I hardly ever did it although I kept saying I would. Then last year I vowed to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Become a professional volleyball player. Okay, I’m not a pro yet, but I did take a volleyball class and finally proved my theory that I had untapped volleyball potential.
I had never played before (not in high school or college or even just for fun), but instinctively I knew this was my game. I could be great. Maybe even the greatest. So I signed up at the Montclair Adult School (the fact that my instructor was a fifty-year-old woman provided a measure of confidence), bought my knee-pads and devoted myself to be the best never-before-played-volleyball volleyball player this world had ever known.
Setting aside that time for myself was a little tricky, and it made for a more hectic schedule. I had to stuff dinner down my throat and run out the door the moment my husband walked in. I grumbled about it every time Monday night volleyball class rolled around, complaining I really didn’t have time for it and I’d rather lay on the couch in my pajamas. But when I got to class, all that disappeared. Everything disappeared. I wasn’t anyone’s mother or wife or short order cook or maid or personal assistant or chauffer. I was just me. And I was focused on and absorbed in the game. That was an experience I hadn’t had in a long time.
This year I’m not exactly sure what my resolution will be, but I did happen to find out our very own Georgette Gilmore had herself a little spa day getaway recently. To be fair, I think it was a birthday gift, but still I wondered, “Where’s my spa day getaway?”
My sister, a small business owner and mother of three, and I have been talking about going away for a girls’ weekend for over a year now. I think this year may be the year.
Is this the year for you? What do you resolve to do for yourself in 2011?