What would Jesus do?

A few years ago when I was back from pissing away the paltry savings I had accumulated from my twenties on a round the world trip,I had a vague plan that I would get my shit together(read life) by the age of 34. This entailed getting a career on track,having my own house, remaining in a loving, committed relationship and generally being happy with my lot in life.Today is my birthday and it’s my last one before I turn 34 so I am officially old. Not a little bit old, very old. So very old that I am now closer in age to Jennifer Aniston than Lawrence, while unfortunately looking like neither. So gnarled and wrinkly that I have now outlived my teenage idol Kurt Cobain by a whole six years.I am now in the age of Christ- I have been on this earth for as long as Jesus Christ was, which is a terrifying thought.
I always knew this day would come but I imagined I would be in a better situation lifestyle wise. While I’m lucky enough to have an amazing partner who balances me out, buoys me up and puts up with my craziness and have been blessed with two fabulous daughters, I thought by now I would have achieved a bit more when it comes to work, that I wouldn’t cower in fear when asked the dreaded question

“So, what do you do?”

I want to be able to say writer and acupuncturist but having made not much money from either venture in the past few years, I have a choice. Either stay poor and be a less than shining example for my daughters or return to a job I have no love for,one that I thought I had left behind but my inability to garner any semblance of a career path indicates otherwise. I’m no longer really early 30s, I’m now (gulp) mid-thirties. Isn’t it about time I had my own house?Isn’t it about time I could answer any probing career questions with a confident and happy answer. Isn’t it about time I had some semblance of success

I’ve got kids now and perhaps more importantly I’ve got daughters.Its important for me to show them that I make a financial contribution to the household. Also I have discovered that all stay at home and no work makes mummy go a little cray cray. Well a lot cray cray to be brutally honest.I need adult interaction and even if the job I’m returning to may rank as one of the least enjoyable ones there are out there,it does provide me with human interaction in abundance. Plus it will enable us to buy a house. This is also important as having our own place will enable me to feed my inner artist.The dream of having our own place that we can decorate ourselves exactly as we like it is one that is too powerful to ignore. Images of purple living room walls, a lovely garden and shelves dance around my head-so many shelves. Mummy loves her storage!

Also a birthday is a chance to make changes, like another go at the new years resolutions that have been cast by the wayside. I now have 365 days to make these changes, to put things right before I get another free trip around the sun and my mantra for this coming year for me,in the age of Christ is going to be this-when faced with difficult decisions, I am going to dig deep and respond with-

“What would Jesus do?”

What does this mean exactly?Well I’m not the most religious of people but I’ve always liked the historical  figure of Jesus Christ, and while I don’t believe that he is the son of God, I do believe that about 2000 years ago, there was a dude called Jesus who lived in present day Israel and lead a good life, inspiring others to do the same. So me doing what I believe Jesus would do means I’m going to attempt to be a better human being-be kinder to strangers, be a more patient mummy to my kids, be a more thoughtful friend and daughter. Make little changes which I hope will lead to big ones. And work on the bloody career path. Because all those hours spent in a job you absolutely hate can’t be good for the soul.

Still from the movie Dogma.

So this time next year,I won’t say hand on heart that I intend to have life some way sorted-the procrastinator in me hears that 36 might well be an acceptable age to get ones shit together!-but with a little luck I may be on the way to a more concrete foothold in life instead of the ever changing quicksand landscape I seem to find myself sinking into. Oh, and would a workplace with decent coffee be too much to ask?

0 thoughts on “What would Jesus do?

  1. I'm a little bit older in age than 34 and I'm still waiting to grow up 😉 I like your new mantra but I hope you are enjoying your birthday too and not doing too much soul searching 😉

    Happy Birthday xxx

  2. Old at 34? Not a hope… you are a mere child yourself!! I'm a firm believer in the saying that 'if you haven't grown up by age 50 you don't have to' 😉

    Happy birthday to you and best of luck with your new job and house plans. (you can do all that and still be a big kid…. honest!) xx

  3. It's not so much that I feel old, just that I'd feel a whole lot better about getting older if I had the work aspect of my life sorted out, or at least approaching something like being sorted!You can't have everything I guess.

  4. I think that you are already setting a great example to your children – by being a great Mum 🙂 I am nearly 43 and still have SO much I want to do – and feel young at heart! It wasn't until I got to 40 that I appreciated that. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

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