OK, I know we’re all tired. We’re parents … being tired comes with the territory of night feedings, night terrors and nights waiting up when our kids are old enough to drive.
But what I’m really tired about is the news. I know that’s a bit surprising coming from someone who dubbed herself “PunditMom” five-and-a-half years ago. But I am tired. Exhausted. Done. Because no matter what stories are getting covered in the news today, it seems like they are all coming back to something sordid. When we’re talking about GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain we’re discussing sexual harassment and possible sexual assault. When we’re having conversations about a storied college football program, part of that discussion is now focused on alleged sexual assaults against children and adults turning a blind eye. And I’m tried of having to keep our 11-year-old from cable news because I don’t want to have to explain to her just how rotten the world can be.
Of course, it’s more than just the news that makes me want to hit the sack before the sun goes down. I’m tired because said 11-year-old has become a full-on sixth grader, complete with the eye-rolling, foot-stomping, and the infamous “my parents are too stupid for this planet” attitude all sixth graders discover sooner or later.
I’m tired of having to manage “politics” in places where there shouldn’t be any.
I’m tired of saying”yes” when I mean “no” and I’m tired of people getting annoyed when I’m honest and I say “no.”
I’m tired of not taking care of myself first.
And most of all I’m tired of worrying that our country is going to hell in a hand-basket.
I know I’m sounding like that stereotypical cranky old man who shakes his fist while yelling for those neighborhood kids to get off his lawn. But that’s what feeling tired does to me.
I know I’m not the only one who feels so exhausted about a whole mountain of things. But I also know I’m lucky to have many good friends who are in some of the same boats, who don’t mind when I go all rant-y about the tiredness or being fed up. I’m thankful they’re in my life, because they’re the ones who give me the energy to keep going.
I wrote this for Alli’s “I AM” project. I know I’m a little late to the party, but Alli is a pretty cool woman — I think she’ll forgive me!
Joanne Bamberger writes the blog PunditMom, and is the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America (on sale now at Amazon!), a bipartisan look at how women online are changing the world.