Work has been unbelievably stressful. I've been given a bunch of additional responsibilities on top of everything else. Plus, I keep "volunteering" for new projects that need to be completed. I've also been filling in for one of my bosses, who has much more going on than I had imagined. Our budget has been frozen, we can't spend any money and we can't hire anyone, even though we have open positions. For the next few days, I'll be out of the office, since I'm in charge of a regional conference that has folks coming in from around the world.
I also went home to visit my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins for Easter, which can be stressful in and of itself. It's as if, since I have yet to get married and have kids (I'm 33) I'm a failure. That I don't matter. That I haven't "grown-up" or acheived anything. Even though, I've gone to college, (the first in my family) and grad school. It's as though the only thing that matters, that they can understand, is marriage and kids. I can't get through them and they can't understand where I'm coming from.
So, I'm dating a great guy right now and they want to know if he's got "potential" (i.e. marriage potential.) I wish they would just lay off. We haven't even been dating for two months yet. I'll be meeting some of his friends this weekend for the first time, which also has me stressed out. It means things are getting kinds serious, so I'm scared $&^##%$$. I don't wanna get hurt, since I'm really falling for him.