This month we’ve talked some about the topic of responsibilities, and this past week I found myself in an ironic situation when I wished that I didn’t have the responsibility of doing the dishes when everyone else was watching TV or sleeping. I don’t mind doing dishes, I even find it a bit soothing, but sometimes we can find ourselves wanting a break from even the responsibilities we’ve chosen as adults. But knowing how little my partner enjoys doing them, it was either me or no one.
Of course it got me thinking about responsibilities, both those that are handed to us as well as those we choose, and about some of our other needs and desires like love, support and freedom. It’s not always easy to be the adult, some days you want days off for headaches and illness or just to get a break from life. Sometimes you can take those days, but other times you’ve got to step it up and push through because you’ve got responsibilities to yourself and others. It’s not easy to choose to push through after a full day of pushing through.
The other ironic thing is that after I got over my annoyance and did the dishes I actually felt better because the kitchen was neater and who doesn’t like clean dishes, right?! Sometimes I think we get caught in the responsibility aspect and forget why we do it or the benefits of doing it. Yes, some responsibilities are a burden, but very few come without rewards. It’s something that I’m going to work on remembering this week, and adjusting my attitude when necessary towards my responsibilities.