“I do not want to be here.” Pamela told me. “This is not the life I wanted. I dreamed of something so much different. I do not enjoy life anymore and no longer want to even get out of bed.”
Have you ever felt like Pamela?
Did life turn out differently than you hoped?
Are you in a place you do not want to be?
Caregiving can be so incredibly overwhelming and draining. Taking care of someone else can suck the life out of you. By the time your day is winding down, you just want to crawl in bed, pull the covers over your head and wish for a better tomorrow.
However, most caregivers realize there will not be a better tomorrow. All caregivers can see is an endless cycle of needs that deplete their financial, mental, and physical resources.
Most of us know the statistics of people like us- people who have access to read a blog are among the richest people in the world. If we have clean water, electricity, and some education, we are envied by a vast majority of the planet. We know that currently there are more slaves on earth than at any other time in history. While most caregivers are aware of how blessed they are to have access to reading material and western technology, that gratitude does not get them through each exhausting day.
looking on the brighter side:
This blog was created to be one of inspiration and motivation, not disenchantment and discouragement. To get our minds off of the world’s increasing problems, along with our own daily difficulties, I have put together a short list. Below are a few of the jobs that people have claimed to be the worst in the world.
Rather than ranking in order from best to worst, I will let you decide and tell me which one you would least enjoy.
- Animal Manure Inspector
- Judge of Flatulence- this required the judges to open sealed containers of human gas and rate the noxious emissions
- Producer of Flatulence- after eating pinto beans, these people insert small, plastic collection tubes into their backsides
- Dog Breath Sniffer
- Road Kill Cleaner
- Elephant Poop Collector
- Pet Food Tester- in addition to smelling the food, they must chew and taste it
- Underarm Sniffer
- Vomit Collector- hired by amusement parks
- Portable Toilet Cleaner
- Stun Gun Tester
- Sewer Cleaner
- The Employees in Japan who are paid to shove people into trains
Are you grinning yet?
Hopefully, this fun list made you smile a little.
Is today a day you “do not want to be here”? Like Pamela, in the introduction story, everyone has stressful days. Do not give up on yourself so quickly.
Where are you looking?
If you are having one of those days where you just want to be in the shoes of someone else, do yourself a favor– stop comparing what you know about your life to what you think is true about the life of someone else. In other words, stop comparing the truth of your day to the false image people often manufacture for social media.
Remember that people only put their best pictures on social media- when they are on vacation, look great, have the house clean, fix an impressive meal, went somewhere expensive, bought a new luxury, had the kids behaving perfectly, etc…
Look to God, rather than comparing yourself with others.
It can be difficult to “Fully Rely on God” as we have been admonished. However, hold tight to the fact that God has a good plan and purpose for you.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God’s thoughts for us are for good and not for evil. What you are currently experiencing may not feel good. Perhaps you are feeling a bit hopeless and despondent.
First, get your own physical and mental health checked by a professional. Then, remember God’s promises to you and hold tight to them as you go through your day. Also, if you need some pointers for changing the trajectory of your day, click here.
How about you?
What about you? What is the worst part of your day and how do you get through it?
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