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I am only human and, Ooops – I’ve dropped the balls

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I am only human

It’s hard to remember sometimes that we are only human.  Stress can have a cumulative effect and, unless you acknowledge that it is there, it has a nasty habit of creeping up and biting you on the bottom!  I have just found out that I am only human!

I am only human - Scattered balls on the ground

Photo by Alvan Nee on Unsplash

Juggling balls

I have spent so long juggling umpteen balls, that it was inevitable, eventually, they would all come crashing down around me!

Yep, I’ve completely stuffed up and I put my hands up to the fact that I am only human!

We have a lovely holiday booked, at an autism friendly glamping site, and I’ve just found out that we still owe half the money!

A bubble

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

My happy little bubble

I was in my happy little bubble in which I thought we had paid for it! Whilst trying to get my accounts up to date (Tax Credits renewal has just come in and I need to sort out what is going on) I discovered the shocking truth. My little bubble has burst and I was forced to admit that I am only human.

No, it’s not the end of the world but, when I found out that I only paid the deposit, I felt a complete failure.  I felt that I had let my family down.  I’m sure you can understand where I’m coming from.  I’m not used to failing.  In fact, I pride myself on the fact that I accomplish everything that I set out to do!

Plan of action

So…… what did I do?

  1. I reminded myself that I am only human (yep, even me lol)
  2. I swore.  Yep, I’m sorry but I needed to vent after all, I am only human (refer to previous step)
  3. Then I ate chocolate – in my world chocolate makes everything seem better.  If I’ve had a particularly stressful day, my husband buys me chocolate and then throws it at me from a safe distance…….
  4. Once I’d done the above, I then just told my husband that he had to work harder….not sure if that was fair but it’s just the way it is.
  5. July is going to be a “No spend” month.  Have you ever tried it?  I’d love to hear how you got on….

Did these things make me feel better?  Sort of I guess but at least I’m now not facing the problem alone.  We actually still have plenty of time to get the rest of the money together so, in reality, it isn’t a crisis yet.  As a family, we will overcome this minor little set back.

The one thing that I have learnt is that you can’t do these things alone.  Being a special needs mum is a lonely life but, you know what?  We are all stronger than we think.  There is always someone to reach out to.

Why have I told you about this?

That’s simple.  I’m told by so many people that we are “coping so well”.  All I want to shout is “if only you knew!”  But that’s not really fair.  Why would they know…..

The image that you show people and what you actually are, are two different things and, you know what?  That’s ok.  As a special needs family, we are all going through our own little (for little read major) battles and, every so often, it is absolutely fine to show the less than perfect side of your life, after all, we are all only human.

Until next time, stay strong and remember – we are ALL only human.


Holding out a flower

The #ItsOK Linky




  1. 20th November 2018 / 10:17 am

    Sometimes it is so hard to keep all the plates spinning. We all forget things from time to time, Hopefully it will all work out #ItsOK

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      20th November 2018 / 10:20 am

      It really is a struggle but, as a mum, we soldier on!

  2. 20th November 2018 / 1:24 pm

    You’ve shed light on such an important message, especially for us mums who are juggling so much all the time – we are only human! Mistakes will happen, there will be setbacks, but #itsok. Life goes on. Get up, learn and soldier on. Fab post! Thanks for joining us on the #itsok linky and hope to see you next week too.

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      20th November 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Thank you! Sometimes we beat ourselves up for not getting things right but, hey, we’re not perfect. Thanks for having me.

  3. 20th November 2018 / 2:52 pm

    You know, I spend most of my time worrying that I’m f*cking up / forgetting something / doing stuff wrong, and yet, if I was listening to another Mum telling me thees worries I’d be telling them to give themselves a break! Mum guilt is bonkers isn’t it?! Thanks for linking up with #ItsOK xxx

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      21st November 2018 / 10:23 am

      Having just read this comment, I’ve realised that I’ve forgotten to cancel an appointment for my daughter! Mum guilt is real but it IS completely bonkers. I’m really good at giving advice to others but very bad at remembering it for myself. Thanks for having me at #itsOK

  4. 21st November 2018 / 2:46 pm

    I hate messing things up, I like to think I can do it all, but with three boys aged three and under combined with no sleep, there’s always going to be something that gets forgotten. And you’re so right, we are only human. We put too much pressure on ourselves to get everything right. Who cares if we drop the ball every now and then. #ItsOK!

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      25th November 2018 / 7:54 pm

      I think being a mum and putting too much pressure on ourselves go hand in hand unfortunately. But, the important thing to remember is that we are only human and by our very nature, we do make mistakes, but that’s how we learn and grow. #itsOK

  5. 26th November 2018 / 3:32 pm

    If it’s any consolation I forget all sorts of things…like you say we’re only human! #itsok

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      28th November 2018 / 7:13 pm

      It’s always good to know that we are not alone! #itsok

  6. 24th April 2019 / 4:38 pm

    Your website has excellent content. I bookmarked the website

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      3rd May 2019 / 6:53 am

      I’m glad that you find it of benefit

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