“How Do You Do It All?”
I get this question a lot. I wish I were half as heroic as some people seem to think I am. Just because I am a single mom in dental school doesn’t mean I have it all together… lots of things fall by the wayside because I am so busy and pulled in so many different directions. My flaws: dear internet, let me show you them.
Exhibit A: my desk at school. Unfortunately this is its natural state. Okay, fine, it’s actually a little less messy than usual. Yes, those calendars on the bulletin board are from December.
Exhibit B: my car. The check engine light has been on since last May. A piece of it fell off while I was driving down the highway a couple weeks ago. (It was making a strange noise which stopped as soon as that piece fell off, so I assumed it was for the best.) The oil hasn’t been changed since… well… I guess Tyler changed it last. That means it’s been… longer than recommended. I’ve had one headlight out for at least three months. In my defense, I did try to change the headlight, but I couldn’t get the cover off so I gave up and figured that one headlight was better than none. Plus it makes my car look totally badass.
Exhibit C: my utilities. Paying the bills was always Tyler’s job. Sometimes I forget to pay a bill until whatever it is I’m not paying for gets shut off. To be fair, this is a very effective reminder technique. Well played, cable company. Well played.
Oh no. Now that I’ve started listing my irresponsibilities, I can’t stop. Sometimes I put meat in the fridge to defrost and forget about it for a couple weeks. Sometimes I put off taking out the trash until the smell forces me to do it. I have incomplete audits on some of my patients’ charts that were due last October. I have a strange aversion to writing papers for oral surgery and so I haven’t fulfilled a single oral surgery requirement since 2008. Sometimes I keep my Netflix DVDs for 3 weeks at a time because I forget that I have them. AHHH!! Can’t stop!!
My point is. I don’t do it all. It only looks like I do.
Now please share all of your similar stories in the comments below, to make me feel better. And if you have no similar stories and you actually do “do it all”, please refrain from saying so.