So who was it that decided that going on holiday was going to be stress free experience?
We're not even there yet and already I’m worrying about every single little detail.
The fact we're coming back the day before my husband's birthday so I’m trying to sort that out too probably doesn't help either.
The reason I’m like this is, well, it’s me, but also that this is our first family holiday abroad with our daughter. My husband and I have been abroad since she was born (Yes, a child free holiday for 4 days, but it was for a friend’s wedding so we HAD to go), but this time she is coming with us!
Our daughter is now 5 and is quite easy to entertain, although I may have bought the entire children's magazine section to be sure. I did notice that all of a sudden my mental health wobbles have gone into overdrive, trying to make sure everything is done in our house, plus getting us ready for holiday.
My husband said to me the other day if I told him he was going on holiday tomorrow he’d be fine, just pack a bag, get his passport and off he goes.
Another friend says as long as you have your passport and money you can get anything you need there.
To me, this sounds horrendous! Why would you do this?
I’m a planner. I organise; I write lists. I have the suitcase out a week beforehand and ban anyone wearing any clothes they may want to take on holiday.
I book a food shop ready to be delivered for when we return from holiday, I make sure that the washing basket it empty and that the house is tidied before we leave.
I once arranged a builder come into do work whilst we were away on holiday. I was that organised in getting it sorted.
Some days I have a very care-free attitude and just think "Sod it, it can wait".
Other times thing I say the most is “Well get on with it, then” because I’m someone who will get on with it and do it rather than procrastinate.
However packing and getting ready for this holiday has totally thrown me. It's like I want to be prepared or need to be prepared for every event that may or may not occur.
I even have a to-do list ready of things we need to pack in the last half an hour before we go as I don’t want to forget.
I even said to my husband I’d read a tip about tin foil is used as a black out. He just gave me one of those looks and asked if I was genuinely wanting to pack tinfoil to go on holiday.
It’s the first time we’ve done this so I know the reason I’m like this, but I just wondered are there others like me who need everything planned and organised? Or are they like my husband with his laid back "Let's just go" attitude?
But the cases are packed, and we're ready to go. If we’ve forgotten anything we'll just it wing it. Either way we won't let worrying about it ruin our holiday.