Woman of My Dreams


A sneaky stop in an undisclosed suburb miles from home to get hot chips, a drive to the servo for an out of date ice cream, mindless nibbles on parmesan cheese and a blatant refusal to go to gym. Oh yeah, my back hurts, shouldn’t lift anything…

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of Florence Nightingale behaviour, so much so my sister has taken to calling me Florrie. Whilst I have neglected others (namely myself), I’ve been a flurry of activity helping family work, play and give birth.

Needless to say that no one could possibly help anyone in labour but some dashes to and from the hospital definitely left me feeling like I was helping or at least a little bit in control, in a completely out of control situation.

I truly love nothing more than to show the people I love, I care about them. Being of the school of thought that true altruism simply doesn’t exist, I suppose it’s because it makes me feel good about myself; that I am that sort of human being.

But while I’ve tried to control what’s going on around me, I’ve completely lost control myself. Anyone who has read these pages before knows of the instrinsic struggles of mental health problems and a gammy set of ovaries. For that reason, whilst completely in awe of what my sister just did and the gorgeous creation she brought into the world, I’ve experienced involuntary heart jerking.

In fact, the other night I experienced the classic signs of a heart attack – pain radiating into the jaw, a pressure in my chest, and pain in both arms. I went as far as to ask the toolman to call the ambulance but used to his wife’s hysterical nature, a sideward glance from him brought me back to reality.

Ah yes, now I recognised it, I’ve been there before – a feverish emotion-riddled heart strangulation. Did anyone say hysterical?

Sometimes my ol’ cogs turn slowly. Only after consuming all the above morsels with angered enthusiasm, I realised the wheels had officially fallen off. And so today I practiced weight loss 101 and channelled the woman of my dreams; the woman I often dream I will be tomorrow.

You see, I believe there is a secret phenomenon going on all around the world, in the darkness of night, with big girls everywhere. As your head hits the pillow, for the average seven minutes it takes to fall asleep, I suspect these women everywhere fantasise about the next day and how it will change. How they’ll look walking the block, how they’ll look by Christmas and for me, as always, how bouncy and healthy my hair will look (ok, ok, it’s my thing alright)!

Even though my hair looked dry and flat today at the supermarket, I loaded up on all the things I know I need and at home, organised my cupboard and fridge like all good slimmers should. Dry roasted veggies and cut up fruit are in containers in the fridge*, with the hope that they’ll tempt me away from what in the end will only kill me.

And while that heart has tried to close just a little bit again today, I’ve slapped it open. Because that’s the only way love is going to get out…and create the woman of my dreams.

*International Jet Setter Challotte: all containers are recyclable and reusable, no I’m not addicted to one time plastic.

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