Not my circus not my monkeys is my new favorite saying! Derived from the Polish expression “Nie mój cyrk, nie moje ma?py,” it basically means “Not my problem.” How awesome is that?! I feel like the older I get the better I’m able to distance myself from other people’s problems or drama and worry more about my own. Wow, that sounded really unsympathetic and kinda mean.
“Hello, my name is Vanessa and I’m a big ol’ jerk.”
I feel like I’ve created this little world for ourselves and while I’ll always be available to lend a sympathetic ear to anyone who needs it, in the end, that’s your circus and those are your monkeys. When you begin to realize that everyone is struggling, you start to understand that you are too and it’s okay to be a little selfish with your time and attention.
I should probably mention that I’m a natural introvert, so blockading myself off from the world comes relatively easy to me. But perhaps this is not so much a social issue as being able to finally know my limits. There is no point in worrying or having strong opinions about things that I have no control over.
So you want to raise your kids differently than I’m raising mine? Awesome, I’m sure all of our monkeys will turn out just fine. You saw something that’s really annoying online? Whatever, Facebook is just one big circus!
If each day we have on this Big Top we call Earth is a gift, how are you going to spend every second? Who do you choose to play an important part of your circus?
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