A couple of months ago, I took baby steps into volunteering. I’m serving on the “young professionals” steering committee for my local Planned Parenthood, an organization I’ve always supported in words and a few dollars.
It’s an ideal commitment for me, because it’s only a few hours a month (if that) and helps me support a cause I believe in without sacrificing too much time with my family. Plus, I get to meet cool people and have fun.
But the group meets on Monday nights after work (ugh), once a month, which means I probably spend all of one hour with Cassie on those days. I really miss her after working all day, especially after a weekend, and it’s so dang hard to get home after she’s gone to bed.
This brings me to a broader question about participating in “extracurricular activities” (anything that’s not work or family-related). I know it’s healthy for me to have a social life, and I occasionally hang out with my girlfriends–which cuts into my family time. I want to feel like I’m contributing to the greater community good in some way, hence my Planned Parenthood affiliation.
But a part of me feels … well, a little guilty about doing these things. Only a little, though. Mostly, I feel like they help me be a better mom, wife, etc. Still, why the guilt? Do men feel bad for playing video games by themselves instead of Candyland with their kids? Or whatever it is men do for their extracurriculars?
My other question is, what are your extracurriculars? Do you feel at all guilty about them? And if not, good for you!