KATE LANG­BROEK thinks life looks bet­ter through the eyes of a child.

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The other day a friend of mine said some­thing in­cred­i­bly wise. He didn’t say it with any fan­fare and he said it half-jok­ingly, but it came, as truth often does, as both a re­lief, and slight blow to the stom­ach. “You know you’re an adult, adult,” he said, “when when you spend 95 per cent of your life do­ing things you hate.”

And d I laughed, be­cause it ini­tiallyally sounded so bleak, but then en I thought about it and, holy moly, the sen­ti­ment ment is spot on.

I thought ought about all the things ngs that I do, and that at just about every­body ody else does, and howw com­plain­ing about them hem has be­come our de­fault fault po­si­tion. And that’s at’s a waste, for two rea­sons.asons. Straight up, it doesn’t n’t change what has to be done;one; it just dou­bles the pain n of it. Se­condly, a lot of those chores are only oner­ous­ner­ous be­cause of our per­cep­tion. rcep­tion. Mostly, they’re ac­tiv­i­ties that, as a child,, you would have LOVED.D. I mean, if you had toldd me when I was grow­ing ng up that I wouldd spend my life do­ing the he fol­low­ing, I would’ved’ve thought: “This is so good – am I go­ing to be FREAKIN’ ROY­ALTY when I grow up?!” For in­stance: Driv­ing I have four chil­dren, and a dis­tant part of my brain re­calls how I used to sneer at cars tha that had a “Mum’s Taxi” sign in theth rear win­dow. But now, ope oper­at­ing the bru­tal and re­len­tles re­lent­less con­veyor belt of drop­pin drop­ping kids at school or gymn gym­nas­tics or play­dates or den den­tist ap­point­ments or sleep sleep­overs or par­ties, I am prob prob­a­bly the num­ber one can can­di­date for a (slightly mo more mod­ern, but no les less de­press­ing) “Mum’s U Uber” plac­ard. And, if you do don’t have kids, there’s no n need to be smug – you’re st still sit­ting in the same gr grid­lock I’m in, and hat­ing it. ButBu imag­ine you were a ch child, and I said you could spen spend all day driv­ing an actu ac­tual CAR – with the ra­dio on, singing along to your favo favourite songs, and pick­ing up other peo­ple along the wa way? That would be the great­est news you ha had ever heard. Work­ingWo I’m hav­ing trou­ble de de­scrib­ing how most of us tal talk about work with­out us­ing the phrase “bitch and moan”. Be­cause the work­ing week is a litany of pre­dictable ex­changes about how aw­ful the bosses/the com­pany/your col­leagues are. And maybe they are. But you’re go­ing to spend a goodly chunk of your time there, so wouldn’t it make more sense to en­joy it? Play the child again. Your own of­fice/cu­bi­cle/desk/tools, with your own phone, swipe card and com­puter? A kitchen to make toasties? A VEND­ING MA­CHINE?! What’s to com­plain about? The gym Ha, ha, ha, help me. Yes. The gym. This is where my adult brain re­ally lets loose with un­fet­tered ha­tred. It’s the source of much pain, with­out ap­par­ently get­ting rid of any gain. But have you seen what chil­dren do in their nat­u­ral state? How they run and leap and jump and squat and bounce? So I get to roll around on fit­balls, hang off ropes, jump up onto things and do some box­ing, and THEN I have the au­dac­ity to com­plain about it?!

Man. Be­ing a grown-up is wasted on me.

Kate co-hosts Hugh­esy & Kate, 4–6pm week­days, on the KIIS FM net­work.

It came, as truth often does, as both a re­lief, and slight blow to the stom­ach”

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