So this is not a fire safety instruction you should follow, but it is what I feel liking doing – just stopping, dropping, flopping – feeling a bit burnt out by the first half of the year.
Burnt out with blogging – as my efforts aren’t exactly setting the world alight.
Burnt out by the rush and stress that is the regular school term for most of us, yet not about to enjoy the holidays.
As I worked from home (or tried to) on a miserable first day of the school holidays, with my mood to match the weather, feeling bad pain and generally blah because it’s that time of the month, I just wanted to tell the world to stop spinning.
Hubby the firefighter is mostly on his own with the kids over the holidays, his shifts conspiring to give him most of the weekdays off, so the plan is for me to keep working my regular four days during the week, and have the kids on my own over the weekends and nights while he works. It’s what we do, we all do – the juggle! I should be grateful that we don’t have to do a complicated dance of play-over swaps or holiday care to make things work these holidays.
But I’m already regretting not taking time off to just stop, drop, flop and watch movies with the kids on a miserable, rainy first day of the school holidays (and yes ‘I’m boring’ – as Little Yang still says and it’s too cute to correct him – has already begun).
The correct fire safety drill is to STOP, DROP, ROLL – so maybe this is what I should be following. Allowing myself time to stop and even to drop (that was yesterday) but then rolling along with life, trying to go with the flow (and stay away from the flames).
Of course STOP, DROP and ROLL is the advice only when your clothes have already caught fire. Ideally in a fire situation (and in life), this won’t happen and you’ll escape the flames.
The main fire drill taught is ‘GET DOWN LOW and GO, GO, GO’, which is paramount because it’s smoke that usually gets fire victims, not flames. Smoke rises, so getting down low affords you the best chance of breathing safely while you get the hell out of the burning house.
On a serious note, it’s winter and that sadly means house fire season – already there have been lives lost. Take the time this school holidays to refresh your fire awareness and that of your kids if you have them. Plan your safe exits in the event of a fire, check your smoke alarms and go over the drills.
Here’s an animated kids video about STOP, DROP and ROLL.
and here’s a Wiggly version of GET DOWN LOW and GO, GO, GO.
Life generally feels like GO, GO, GO but the trick is to stay away from the smoke that obscures what is important and that can be toxic in your life. Down low, or perhaps up high (just not in the case of smoke) the view is clear and so the path you need to go on becomes clearer too. Being busy going where you want to go is very different to being busy while stumbling around.
So that’s the lesson, in fire safety and life, that I’m going to try to take with me into this second half of the year. Follow my burning desires. Stop, drop and flop occasionally. Roll out the flames when I have to. And GO wherever my heart leads.
Happy second half of the year. What are your burning desires for the next six months?