I have never really taken up a lot of space in this world. For my whole 52 years of life I have stayed quiet in a corner. Not really saying much or causing the focus of the world to be on me. I’ve never wanted to be the center of attention or have the attention on me.
Lately I’ve had a lot of trouble with anger. Maybe, now, it’s because I want to be heard. I want to be more of who I am. I want to do what is important to me. I want to matter.
I want to express my soul.
I realized today that maybe I’m angry because I want to take up more space in the world than I currently am. I’m growing, learning and becoming more of myself. As I change and grow and become more of the new me I am becoming stronger. The stronger I become the more aware I am of what I need and want. The more I become me the more space I am going to take up in the world.
Things that weren’t important to me are now important to me. For example, my husband fixes lawn mowers, riding lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc. in the garage on the weekends. I encourage him to do this because this is relaxing to him and it gives him the down time he needs after being on the road all week. Most importantly, he enjoys it. During the week I try to get all of my stuff done so help him get what he needs to get done while he’s home.
For the last couple of months something has been nagging at me in the back of my head. How come I don’t make time for myself and my dreams like I make time for my husband’s? During the week I make sure there is food for him to eat (sometimes) and that his favorite towels and his laundry is washed when he gets home. I run whatever errands he needs. I do whatever needs to be done. Isn’t that what a truck driver’s wife is suppose to do? My life basically runs around him and what he needs.
What about me? What about what I need and want? Why am I not treating myself like I treat my husband? I think this is where my anger stems from because needs and wants that I never knew about or I did and I pushed back down are now coming to the surface. They demand to be dealt with. As I grow and change I’m realizing I want to take up more space in the world. I want shout out to the world “Here I am. Are you ready for me?”
Admitting this rocks the boat. It unbalances things. I don’t ask for a lot. I don’t need a lot. I guess…until now.
It’s not that I’m unhappy in my marriage because I’m not. I’m very happy. I just want more. I don’t think this is wrong. I want to expand me and who I am. I’m getting to know the real me and this is awesome and scary at the same time. I’m feeling very raw right now. I’m not sure how to express the new me and what I want and need. I know the balance needs to change to include more of me and I’m not exactly sure how to do this.
Balance. This is what I need to find. I need to find a balance between taking care of me and my needs (that unruly, bossy, sometimes uncontrollable, stubborn four year old inside of me that wants/needs to be heard) and my husbands. It’s not the end of the world.
It’s just a new beginning.
Today I’m not worried about sentence structure, paragraphing or any of that other stuff. I just need to get my feelings out on paper. It’s not finished. There’s probably stuff I forgot to include and that is ok. When I started this blog I wanted to share my menopause journey and all of the messy, hard parts and this is one of them.
Thanks for following and/or reading my messed up menopause journey.
Have a great day!