I love social media. And I think I might be ever so slightly addicted to Facebook. I have been on it for 7 or 8 years now, and there is not a day that goes by when I don’t post a status update on my personal account. I love the interaction I get with my friends and my family in far flung parts of the world, and I often learn a thing or two. I also love the support and assistance that you get from people when things get tough. I will never forget the outpouring of love that my family and I received when my Father died suddenly. Thinking of it now, brings tears to my eyes.
One thing that I do a lot on my status updates is post about what I want to do get done during the day. It is rather like having a to do list, that keeps me accountable because other people are reading it. I often write about everything I want to get done, and sometimes I post the ta da list…all the things I have got done. One comment which is often made on these occasions is “Wow. You have done loads. You must be superwoman.”
I find this perplexing. I am not superwoman. I am just doing the stuff that needs to be done. I see a job, I do it. I see a job, I postpone it tomorrow and then I do it. I would assume that this is what human beings have been doing every day since we crawled from the primordial ooze. For as long as history has kept track, people have needed to multi-task, working, growing food, cooking the food, having the babies, raising the babies, making clothes, etc. I once read a social history of women in the Middle Ages, and the fact that their life looked a lot like mine made me smile and take comfort that if they could do it without the benefits of modern technology, then with all the labour saving devices I have at my disposal, my life is an absolute cake walk!
But all these comments on my facebook statuses have made me think a little bit. How do I do all these jobs? How do I manage to stay on top of everything? There is a dual process. I have written before about lists. I love them. My lists have lists. I have master lists and minor lists. Love them. LOVE them, LOVE THEM! But it doesn’t stop there.
I also spend some time imagining the jobs that I know need to be done, getting done. So, for example, last night I knew that I was going to have to do an emergency load of laundry after the cats were sick on the counterpane on our bed. (Thanks Kitties. Just. Thanks.) So, I lay in bed, thinking about how I was going to fit it in this morning. I imagined me going downstairs with an armful of washing and putting it in our lovely washing machine, then going back to the top of stairs to feed the cats. I also imagined myself doing all the other jobs I had on my to do list. Guess what? That is JUST how it worked this morning. And I have loads of energy left to do the other things that I know need doing and weren’t really on my list for today. Like writing this blog. (Sorry… but at least I remembered!! 🙂 )
So, unless Imagination is classed as a superpower, I am not superwoman. I am just a human being, doing what needs to be done.