If I have to hear one more time why my husband Kevin is so happy to have an “anarchy closet,” I will go nuts. But did you see the front page of the papers today?
Our anarchy closet contains enough food and water to keep us alive for a week. It’s got batteries, flashlights, expired medicine–whatever Kevin could think of that we might need in case of extreme emergency. Only thing is, we won’t have all those delicious decade-old goodies for long because the whole neighborhood knows about our survival closet. So when the financial markets tank and martial law has not yet been imposed (yes, this was the conversation I just had with hubbie), we’ll be up sh*t creek just like everyone else.
So where do we go, as mothers with kids to take care of in the short term and futures to think of (for us AND for them) in the long term? Do you worry about the present and the future even more now that you have a family to protect and nourish?
I know when you’re the breadwinner for the family, every fluctuation in the economy spells potential disaster or delirium. It’s a massive responsibility to run the big old ship of kids and mortgage, food and travel. How can we break free of this cycle of worry when times are so scary?
This is when it really helps to have a religion. To feel someone out there knows what they’re doing and has a reason for it that may be unclear to you but that exists nonetheless.
If, like me, you are sadly a-religious, then yoga does it. A good movie works too, albeit temporarily. Sometimes, laughing with the kids does it, or immersing myself in work I love.
I feel lucky that I have such a one-track mind. The downside of being hyper-focused and finding multi-tasking to be such a challenge is that I can chose to focus on one thing — something OTHER than the fact that the world as we know it is imploding around us — and I can be reasonably happy.
So it’s worth seeing your deficiencies as benefits. I’m unable to contemplate another Stock Market crash because I’m way too focused on something trivial. Aren’t I lucky?