I am woman, hear me roar! Well, when everyone else is looking, anyway. In today’s society, too many women, I included, try and take on the world. Our generation has had so many new doors open to us, that for some reason, we feel as though we have to walk through every one of them in order to be a real woman. On a daily basis, we take on careers, kids, housework, spouses, PTA, etc….the list goes on and on. We do our best to juggle all of these different areas of life just because we can. We are no longer confined to the kitchen and we want to make sure that everyone knows it! Many of us fool ourselves into thinking we’ve got it all handled, that we are able to efficiently balance everything. Truth is, in most cases, we aren’t, and that can be a hard thing to admit…especially, to ourselves.
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab life by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
– Maya Angelou
In our fast-paced world, everyone—men and women—are desperately trying to fit some sort of standard or mold. The pressure to look perfect, to have the big house and all of the newest “toys”, is growing. I believe women are especially feeling this pressure because everything beyond the home front is still very new to us. It has become our newest challenge—trying to tackle our new found opportunities without losing our foundation as mothers and wives. This realization is something that I have been personally struggling with as of late. With a growing family and a growing business, I have found myself dizzy from spinning in every direction, trying desperately to organize and prioritize and balance wife, mother, business partner, sister, and friend…and in the midst of all of that, trying not to lose myself in the mix.
I came across an article that helped me to see that it’s not just me, that other women are facing the same struggle with this new life style. Why the Woman Who “Has IT All” Doesn’t Really Exist by Debora L. Spar, President of Barnard College woke me up, and showed me that even though we can do it all, doesn’t mean that we have to, or that we have to do it all perfectly. We can still be all we want to be, we just need to learn that sometimes we may need to cut some things out. Debora has some great small tips to help women refocus on what is most important to us. Take a few minutes aside from being “Wonder Woman” and read this, and do something for YOU! Enjoy!
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