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Last week I wrote a post about the Changing Priorities in Motherhood. I explored the idea that Motherhood changes everything we one thought important. This got me thinking and I realised not only are my priorities different but the things I enjoy have changed too. Perhaps this comes with age and wisdom rather than parenthood but as ever I like to pin a little blame on the girls where I can. So here are a few of the hobbies and activities I enjoy doing but they are different now.
Fact is I can ‘drink like a fish’. Perhaps a fact I was once proud of. Ok, I was definitely proud of it. But now I much prefer having one, maybe two, glasses of wine or gin and tonic of an evening. Not only that but I would much rather be drinking that in the comfort of my own living room. The idea of being in a bar on a Friday night is akin to being tortured using an ancient Chinese method. Oh how times change.
Had we had a Netflix subscription sooner I would simply have been addicted sooner. I have always been a bit of a movie addict and would far rather watch a film than a TV program. Now thats all changed. I still enjoy movies but I really can’t be bothered with the cinema anymore. Plus it is much harder to follow the whole plot of a film once you are likely to fall asleep half way through of have to stop to sooth a screaming child, an anti sleep demon.
I always liked baking but it was a periodical pastime that I was decidedly average at. This may come as a surprise to those that have followed me for a while. I always get such lovely comments about my baking and I am starting to see that they are deserved. But that wouldn’t have been the case 5 years ago. If a recipe went wrong I wouldn’t have known why. Baking became my ‘go to’ activity for a hint of sanity in the rough days of motherhood. Some people turn to gin… I turned to Wilton and PME. As you can tell I have obviously done a lot of baking over the last four years as I can make Marbled Macarons ‘just because’.
I always liked clothes and fashion even if I was never a very fashionable person. Now I still enjoy knowing what the latest trends are but I look for different qualities in clothing. Durability, flexibility and functionality for example. The huge benefit of having birthed two super girlie girls is that I can buy them all the pretty dresses I would have killed for as a child. Not that I was a deprived child I hasten to add, simply that clothes like my daughters have didn’t exist when I was growing up.
The National Trust
I used to visit some of these properties with my Grandmothers. I always enjoyed the gardens and homes. When I was younger it was something different to do. Now I am a parent it is even more enjoyable. I get to take my daughters exploring whilst they burn off lots of energy. I get to see the gardens from a new perspective. The excitement of seeing what is around the corner is priceless some days. Plus it is a great and healthy way of getting us all out of the house, some weeks reducing the cabin fever is utterly essential.
There are many things on top this list that I still enjoy but are different now I am a parent. I could probably go on for half the day but I won’t. Looking at what has changed I can’t help but feel that it is all for the better. Yes I would love more time to watch Netflix. But I can’t really complain when the alternative is getting out exploring the countryside with two of my most favourite people in the world.
What would you add to this list?