We had a nice night in on Friday.. barbecued some chicken, sat out on the balcony for a while and then watched movies on instant Netflix. Sometimes just hanging out at home and keeping it simple is just the thing you need. It's easy to get caught up in "the weekend." Everyone's Facebook and Twitter updates are "goin out tonight!" or "drinking with friends!" or "dinner and a movie date night." It's no surprise to anyone that it's a bit harder to be doing all (or any) of these things sometimes when you're a parent, but over time you learn to balance things. You give and you take, you lose and you gain. Sometimes my friends, like last night for example, get on me for not knowing about everyone's lives via Facebook because I'm hardly on there anymore. At first this really got to me. Why do I have to lurk all day on Facebook to know about my friends' lives? What ever happened to calling each other and meeting up in person to catch up? I know I haven't been getting any phone calls. But that's the thing these days, social media is not only the quickest and easiest way to keep up with people, it's becoming one of the only ways. I may not be on Facebook much but that's because I'm learning to balance just like everyone else, kids or no kids. It's hard to keep every single one of your friends happy, your husband happy, your baby happy, family happy, and then there's the entire internet world which includes not only Facebook now, but Twitter and the bloggers and readers. Oh yea... and I guess there's keeping myself happy too.
Almost every day I see someone tweet about feeling left out (I've been there) or feeling like someone hasn't "talked" to them in awhile (been there too) and they may just be referring to tweeting, but a lot of the time they're referring to their blogs and readers as well. It's so easy to get caught up in this internet world, and then the parts of your "real world" suffer even if you wouldn't think it.
I just want everyone to know, I appreciate everything and everyone. Every blog comment, tweet, Instagram comment, Facebook "like" and email means a lot and though I may not be around on here, or out on the town all the time, or replying to every comment it doesn't mean I don't care. It just means that I'm probably working on some other part of my life that needs a little tending to. But I'm working on it. Some things will always have priority over others but every day I learn to balance things a little more.
How do you balance it all?