Have you ever been so overwhelmed with life, that you can't see beyond your next breath? That it feels as if everything is pushing so hard on you, that it's all you can do to not cave?
It sucks, doesn't it?
Well...just yesterday, I was folding laundry...and if you'd've seen my living room, you'd know why I was feeling overwhelmed. But, I sat down...resolved to try to dig my living room out from beneath the pile of clothes that rested atop it.
And you know what? It really didn't take all that long before I started to see that, really...it wasn't so bad!
Then I remembered something...once upon a time, waaaaaayyyyyy back when I was a senior in college, I was facing my last few weeks of school. For ever.
It just so happens, that life decided to take the opportunity to slap me upside the head, and I got an ear infection. (P.S-have you ever had an ear infection as an adult? HOLY HELL!!! They hurt! No wonder our little ones get so cranky with them!)
Then, life took a running start and gave me a round house kick right to the solar plexus, and I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics I was on that was so fierce I'm pretty sure I had hives in places that weren't meant to have hives.
It was ugly.
And, I'm not speaking metaphorically. One of my profs took one look at me, gasped, and said, "You need to go home and take some Benadryl!!!!!!!" I think she may have even recoiled at the sight of me.
Anyway...missing class in the last few weeks of your college career can be a bad thing. I got behind...became incredibly overwhelmed and dissolved into a puddle of tears.
The best, most wonderful, amazing, kind, generous, understanding, wise professor on the face of this earth. Everyone needs a Lou in their lives.
We sat down...me and my tears and Lou. Lou patted my knee and kindly said, "Let's write it all down. Everything you need to get done. Let's write it down."
We wrote. And you wanna know what? My list. My horribly overwhelming, all consuming, dissolving me to tears list?
It was about three things long.
It made me realize...that when you feel overwhelmed, chances are it's really not as bad as you think it's going to be and sometimes, just tackling it head on makes you discover it's much more managable than you ever dreamed it could be.
Sometimes...all a girl needs is a deep breath.
And a Lou.
Excuse me now...I have a mountain of laundry to fold.