Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Old You Versus New You
So, having children has changed my life - no news there. But just how much?
Before I had Mini, I was a 20 year old kid who still lived at home with her parents and whose greatest responsibility was choosing what to wear for the day. I had a boyfriend whom I saw when he was free. I had disposable income. I could get away with not wearing a bra. I was studying for my first course with the Open University, looking for work and still had acres of time to myself. I read several books a week. I watched films for pleasure. I bought clothes and CDs (that's pretty much all I bought, to be honest). I had no outgoings. I wasn't that happy really.
Now, I am a 23 year old mother of two beautiful children whose wellbeing and happiness is my greatest responsibility. I have a partner for life whom I see every day; we live together in our own little home. Disposable income is a thing of the past. I really should always wear a bra. I am studying for my third course with the OU, looking for work, cleaning the house, caring for the children, cooking...I rarely have time to myself. I read a couple of pages of a book at night just before I go to sleep. I generally only watch films that are certificated U. The biggest clothes I buy are aged 18-24 months. I have many outgoings (more than my income can cope with most of the time). I am the happiest I have ever been.
So yes, having children has changed my life - I am finally a very happy, proud, fulfilled person. Thank you, Mini. Thank you, Sunshine. I love you.