To thine own self be true. ~Shakespeare
Living in the hustle and bustle of life, have you ever wondered about who you really are? If you are active on social media, behind that blog, Facebook or Instagram account, is that the real you that you are portraying? I think life is a continuous journey of self-definition but more often than not, in the quest to make ends meet and being preoccupied with our mundane routine, many of us end up getting lost in the crowd and forgetting who we truly are.
I know that. Because I've lost a part of myself too, a part that I'm trying to rediscover and reconnect.
You see, ever since I became a mum, the kids have become my utmost priority. That is not a bad thing and I must say it comes naturally to any parent, right? So I dedicated my 24 hours a day to them and considering that it was hands-on, sometimes solo, parenting right from the moment I gave birth in Sweden, I soon got used to the notion of taking care of a house on my own and spending time day in and day out with the kids.
Sure, most people would swear by the importance of we-time and me-time after marriage and even though we were in a foreign land, the hubby and I would try to watch some movies or drama series together on the TV or take turns to hang out with friends. He would usually choose some ancient chinese drama like 射雕英雄传 or Jack Neo titles while I would go for Taiwanese idol dramas like 海派甜心 or a love comedy. Just to be fair, we would take turns to choose.
Since we came back to Singapore, it seemed like there weren't enough time or opportunities to get in touch with the friends and family whom we had missed out on during our time overseas. Plus, it seemed like with a second child, our we-time seemed to vanish and we were losing the spark as a couple. Remember I said it was a bad time for us last month and I tried hard to find that silver lining? It took us a lot but I think through hurtful words, quarrels and lies, it finally dawned on us that we needed to have more heart to heart conversations and make effort to reignite that once burning flame.
I think one of my best friends put it in a very concise manner, that other than our kids, we have to remember that we have another "baby" to look after and that is the spouse. It is just too easy to take each other for granted, especially once the kids come along, and that will only trigger a vicious cycle where we end up feeling unjust, unappreciated and unloved.
So we read up books on the five languages of love, we tried to empathise with each other more, we make efforts to reconnect as mature individuals, we held hands when we were out, we reminded ourselves that life didn't have to revolve around the kids alone. You have to know that this is a big step for me because for the first time in my life, I am learning to let go as a mum and remind myself that I still have a life. Not just a mum, I am also a wife, a friend, a blogger, a daughter and a woman.
Today, "Happiness is.." is all about rediscovering myself. Yes, I'm still showcasing all the fun things we did with the kids because family is still my priority, but you can tell, you can surely tell that in between loving and caring for them, I am trying to rekindle a romance and finding back my true self.
The kids went on the Zoomoov rides! At $10 for three rides of 5-mins each, I don't think we would be doing this every time but it sure was good fun while it lasted. Oh, just so you know, parents are allowed to accompany their child so yes, I did it with Ariel and it was quite a memorable experience riding with her on a bear in the mall with all eyes on us.
House of Seafood. When it came to the cake cutting ceremony, well, he had two very enthusiastic helpers who were more than happy to sing the birthday song over and over again just so they could blow out the candles.
River Safari again! This time round, we brought the parents-in-law who visited the place for the first time and it was cool that we could show them the way around. Did you know? It only costs S$12 per ticket for a senior citizen to enter! I think I need to bring my parents here soon too so that they have at least been there and done that.
I must say we visited many new places this month (I will be sharing more on each in subsequent posts) and one of it is Play@NMS. The girls were really delighted with their new finds, especially the giant chalkboard, and you know what is the best thing about this place? It's free!
Next, we also visited the Animal Resort at Seletar Farmway, a place I had been wanting to go for the longest time. Don't ask me why we did not although it is so conveniently located near our place. Anyway, it was awesome for the kids to be able to come up close with geese, peacocks, horse, chickens, cassowary, rabbits, guinea pigs and fishes! And talking about a small world, we realised that the old lady here used to be a good friend of the hubby's granny and even knows almost the entire family.
This month, we were lucky to receive our first jewellery sponsorship from Centime Gift and while I love the stackable name rings with the kids' names, I also feel blessed to own a personalised and unique necklace that solely belongs to me and reminds me to always stay happy.
Just so it is probably high time to start pampering myself just a little more, we were in Batam for a quick, last minute getaway and I decided to sneak out one morning for an one-hour massage session. Believe it or not, the last one I had was close to a decade ago. And no, I don't go for facials or mani-pedis. For that one hour, I allowed myself to indulge, relax and unwind. I now realise how important it is for every mum to find ways and means to recharge and reinvigorate, not just working mums but also stay-at-home mums who face the kids 24/7, so that we have renewed energy and strength to face the daily challenges of motherhood. Be it a quiet shower, a stroll in the park or a heavenly half an hour of blogging in peace, little things go a long way.
Oh, and we did something fun as a couple in Batam too! Did you know that I am very much into shooting games? Well, for less than S$15, we fired 50 shots and got such a kick out of it. While Angel was happy doing her colouring in the Kids Club just a few steps away, Ariel insisted on following us and the kind babysitter sat with her outside the glass door watching us. For that ten minutes, it did feel like the hubby and I were transported back to our courtship times and that felt pretty awesome, I must say.
There, once again I have poured out all my innermost thoughts and shared with you about my happenings for this month. I think it is really crucial to remember that no matter how old we grow, even if we are lucky to become great grandmothers, we must never hide behind a mask, forget who we are and end up losing our true selves.
How was September like for you?
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