I have two confessions to make. Up until this week I didn’t know how to do a plait in my daughters hair AND I can’t actually remember the last time I changed our bedding. I pigeonholed myself as the ‘Mum who is rubbish with hair and the wife who sucks at bed making’. Let me explain myself.
I always looked at Mum’s who put pretty plaits in their kids hair and felt slightly envious at such talents. Also -how an earth do they find the time? I simply concluded: I am not a hair person. My poor little Bonnie – what a waste of beautiful hair. Then I actually thought about it. Why can’t I be a hair person and have a daughter who goes to school nursery with cute plaits? Surely it’s not that hard? I asked my sister in law to give me a little lesson over the weekend and guess what? I love doing plaits now and it turns out they are pretty easy. It is also a lovely relaxing way to chill out with my little girl, having a wee chat. Plaiting is therapeutic and it looks great. My Mum used to plait my hair on a Saturday night so I woke up with it curly. We had some lovely chats and I want to experience the same with my little girl.
As for the bedding, my husband’s background is running guesthouses and he makes a great bed. Our normal routine involves him changing the beds every Saturday morning – yes I am a jammy git – the girl did good. I pigeonholed myself again as the ‘wife with the husband who makes the best beds and way quicker than I ever could’. This is all good and well but my star of a bed maker currently happens to be in a sling. I was gearing up for Saturday morning to dust of those useless bed making hands and show him what I am made of. Then a horrible virus hit our house. Which meant that yesterday I had 3 sets of bedding to change. Not ideal whilst experiencing a serious ‘whitey’ and feeling like I had been hit by a bus. The pressure was real. He let me into a few guesthouse trade secrets – one being turning the sheets inside out and putting the corners together. Much better than the way I used to do them before he took over #controlfreak. It was actually really easy. I can now make a great looking bed up almost as quickly as he can. Who knew? Practice makes perfect and he just had a lot more than me. Note: I am happy for our bedding routine to return once sling is off.
After I received such great feedback about my ‘Mum’s who make scones’ article, I decided I had to make some changes. Being in our comfort zone holds us back. So now I try and mix things up a bit and learn something new each week. Because when we pigeonhole ourselves we miss opportunities and actually some things are not that hard. They might even turn into a passion – definitely not the bed sheets but hey check out the lesson I got today?
Why is self hating becoming an epidemic in our nation? We put others on a pedestal and tell ourselves we can’t do things because we are just ‘not that sort’. Says who? Recognise any of these expressions?
I wish I was that musical
I am just not the sporty type
I buy things in packets – I’m no chef
What do you want to do? We are allowed to have a few passions. They are good for us. Is there something you want to learn? Then why not give it a shot instead of pigeonholing yourself as ‘not that type’. Let’s become more aware of those critical inner voices and tell them to DO ONE.
Skies the limit baby – just got for it !
Do you have any examples of something you thought was hard but it turned out to be easy?
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