Its been one of those weeks… one I would normally like to forget – one of those weeks when I am forced to confront reality and admit that I am NOT a superhero, despite the fact that I truly believe I could pull off the Wonder Woman costume for Halloween (after all, I rocked those Underoos when I was six)!
I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately…dealing with health issues, being pulled between the things that bring me great joy and the things that pay the bills, trying to pursue my dreams and honor my commitments, running ragged to be in two places at once just about every day/evening, attempting to manage a household and an active career and using every muscle I have to hold on to the wheel and keep this train on the tracks. That is way more stress than anyone should have, but I bet a lot of you can relate and sympathize with me as I don’t think I am all that unique.
Regardless of what your marital status is, how strong the ties are that bind you, how close your family resides, or how long you’ve lived in a community, as mothers we do our best as individuals to work with the circumstances the world has thrown at us to make a house a home, provide for our children’s physical, educational, emotional and spiritual development in every way possible and to do it all in a way that also makes memories that will be the basis for their joy and laughter long after we have said our last good-bye. Who knows why it is the way it is. Maybe it is because many of us were brought up in a world that taught women that they could have it all and do it all and we’ve been trying to live that dream… Some women actually make it look effortless, I’ve been told on occasion that I do, but that’s because I was also brought up in the 1980’s when Gillette’s Dry Idea commercials taught us to “never let them see you sweat.”
The truth of the matter is my superpowers have met their match this year – a schedule that just won’t quit and a set of unfortunate circumstances that leave me trying to do it almost entirely alone. Thankfully, I realized that while I may try to, I don’t have to. It takes a village to raise a child these days and I am forever thankful for my village – my network of amazing friends and family that have never hesitated to jump in and save me and that give me the opportunity to do the same for them. It is these women (and a sprinkling of men) that are my heroes – those that recognize that the little things in life are the most important, those that give of themselves without hesitation, without question, for nothing more than a thank you, a warm smile or a big hug, those that see the twinkle in the eyes of my children and are thankful for their part in creating it. You all make my heart smile and I wanted the world to know!
Have an awesome day everybody and I hope you seize the opportunity to make someone’s heart smile today and everyday.