Overwhelmed by Saelen Ghose

Lately I’ve been having this strange sensation. After leaving the house and arriving at my destination, I say to myself, “Did I remember to wear pants?”

Seriously! I actually check myself to see, bracing for the screams that will most surely commence from shocked onlookers. After a tense moment of anticipation with no screams, I realize that once again, all is under control, and I do in fact have pants on.

I’m not sure what this is all about, but it’s somewhat alarming. And it seems to be part of a trend, rather than an isolated incident. It’s probably due to the fact that my head is so overwhelmed with life I can barely remember getting out of bed, let alone putting on pants. Like all of you, I’m trying to juggle a family, a job and my own personal journey, with not enough time in each day. This is tough to do, very tough.

So many sweet moments come and go every day and I’m panicked that I’m missing them, as if I’m driving down a highway lost in thought, unaware of the mile markers whizzing by me. To me, that is a TERROR far scarier than walking around without pants. Because memories are what make the moments last forever, giving us an endless replay of all of our experiences. And what else will I have to do when my eyes are so shot I can’t even check to SEE about my pants? At least I’ll be able to close my eyes and remember.

So it’s time to “restart” my brain and remove the clutter. But that’s harder said than done. See, I have this never ending TO DO LIST that grows with each day and occupies such a huge space in my cranial cavity. But what if I just chucked the actual list? That’s right, you GASP! But why not? I’ll just chuck it and let things resolve themselves organically. I mean do I really need to write down, “Buy Bread?” And I bet after it’s gone, the ghostly shell that I’ve become will fade, and my former attentive self will join the rest of the Homo Sapiens on the planet.

And if that doesn’t work and some sort of sacrifice is required, I’ll gladly hand over my pants. It seems like a small price to pay to enjoy a few new memories. And why not BE PRESENT in a life chocked full of precious moments to savor.

“Mommy why isn’t that man wearing pants?” Cut to SCREAMS!!

What would you be happy to sacrifice in order to be more present in your life?

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5 Comments on Overwhelmed

  1. Very cool that you have added the Parent Gig to your guy network. Looking forward to many more episodes.

  2. Beautifully put. I feel like it’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of daily life. There are so many days where I forget to really look around and pay attention to my life. I’ve been too caught up in an email, or with my face pressed to the computer that I don’t really look at my husband or at my dog. You are so right-we need to be present. Especially so we can soak up those hilarious moments in life, like forgetting to put on pants.

  3. @Tina…..thanks!

    @Date Girl……….Yes, all these new “toys” in our lives sometimes are just a bit distracting.

  4. Hmmm good question, and a hard one. How many people would give up the internet, do you think? I could give it up, but not the work part of it because we need every cent we can get for food/bills… but yup, facebook, twitter, all of that I would give up.

  5. I think that this is a great article and definately agree.

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