The world is my oyster. This is a phrase I think to myself (almost) every Sunday morning, whether it be while I’m still trying to catch some extra Zs or while I’m at church, fulfilling my
sporadic weekly dutiful attendance. Oh, the possibilities are endless. I can go shopping, try out those new recipes, do laundry, deep clean the house, eat, drink, nap, exercise, organize my “stuff,” work on house projects, perform overdue beauty routines etc, etc. etc. What? Have I totally lost it? It’s no wonder I end up getting stressed out come Sunday evening. The hours roll by, way too fast I might add, and forget any sort of feelings of leisure or relaxation. Good vibe feelings are soon replaced with panic and anxiety when I realize the overabundance of “stuff” on my Sunday bucket list is just that: over. abundance.
I’m not sure why I keep falling for the same bullshit line my mind feeds me every week. Please, by the time I’m done with it, my envisioned pretty pearl-filled “oyster” has become more of a dull, boring clam. No wait, it’s become more like a little cramped conch shell. Yeah, that’s it – The world is my little conch shell. Now, little conch shell would be much more manageable, don’t you think? If I don’t set myself up for such an unattainable event list, Sunday evenings as I know them would probably be way more relaxing.
Okay, so what shall I keep and what shall I throw to the wayside? Do I want to be practical or do I want to have a little fun?
Several posts back, Kristine from Mum Revised left a comment regarding my “clutter” issue. Kristine suggested I look into the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. And I did. And Kristine is right, the process is life changing. I’ve actually started decluttering my house/life, and I hope to make the changes permanent. But anyway, the main premise of Ms. Kondo’s decluttering is to keep only those items that bring you joy and you just chuck the rest. I believe I’ll use this technique to simplify my cluttered Sunday list. It will be easy. I will do only the things that bring me joy.
Let’s start with grocery shopping – OUT. Pointless online shopping? You’re IN! Cooking meals for the week? Nah, we’ll eat take-out all week. Ohh… the nap is IN, baby! Bye bye, exercise! Maybe I’ll see you later in the week (fat chance, fat being the keyword there). Drink? As long as it contains alcohol, yes please! House projects? Gerald’s honey-do list sure has grown. Beauty routines? Ha! Hey, haven’t you heard? Underarm hair is all the rage! Not sure if the unibrow will catch on though. Eat? I already mentioned the take-out. Besides, I’ll just send Gerald to the grocery store. Hey, Gerald!
Hey… I believe the oyster is shining up nicely.