What does it mean for a woman to “have it all”? I guess it all depends on who you ask and what you read. I can tell you from what I’ve read and what society tells me, I do not, in fact, “have it all”. So, what’s a momma to do? Cry over it? Scramble to make up for all of the supposed deficiencies in her life? Maybe for some, but not for this gal.
Over the years, “having it all” has come to imply a woman has a successful career and family life and has everything in balance.
But, I think “having it all” has different meanings for all of us. There is no right or wrong definition. We all come from different walks in life that lead us to the common path of motherhood. For some, that common path does not include motherhood. You know what? That’s okay. You can still have it all. If you are happy and fulfilled in your life, you have it all.
For those of us whose lives do take us on the journey of motherhood, “having it all” can become a more complex game.
If you are a working mother who is fortunate enough to find reliable and affordable childcare and have happy children who adore you, you have it all.
If you are a stay-at-home mother to five kids or just one and find fulfillment in raising your children, you have it all.
If you are a mother who works part-time and makes it to every concert and soccer game, you have it all.
If you are a single mother who works two or three jobs and still has the energy to enjoy her blessings, you have it all.
The point I’m trying to make is that we can all “have it all” if we find the right combination that makes us happy and works for us rather than the scenario that works for society.
I’ve spent and wasted a lot of time trying to “have it all” by society’s standards. Let me tell you, it’s downright exhausting and depressing. You always feel as though one cup is half full no matter how many times you go back and refill it.
Guess what? I stopped. Instead, I started using my time and energy to focus on what works for my family, not for a friend’s or anyone else’s. Sure that meant, and still means, getting questions and strange looks. Part of having it all is being content and confident with what you have, not what others think you should have. Let me tell you, that is easier said than done. It’s still a work in progress. But, it gets easier with time as you become more comfortable with your decisions and who you are.
What makes me believe I “have it all”?
I have two incredible kids who always tell me they love me to the moon and back. I’m fortunate enough to be the first face my kids see when they wake up and the last one before they go to bed. I have a husband who supports me in whatever I do. I have a fantastic network of family and friends who are always there when I need them. I’m able to pursue my passions and explore creative endeavors even when they don’t always work out. I’m a happy person…except for when I get woken up.
So, to society who constantly tells me I don’t have it all…I beg to differ. I may not always have it together at all times, but I do have it all.
Thanks for the bit of perspective. “Part of having it all is being content and confident with what you have, not what others think you should have. ” Yep, that’s definitely me. I used to fret over the fact that our son was one of the kids picked up later from daycare (within 20 minutes of closing). But he loves it at daycare, so why should I care. I do miss him all day, but I know he’s happy. And this is what works for us at this moment in our lives.
Thank you for the great post. Glad to have found you on the SHINE Blog Hop!
Glad you liked reading it. Thanks for stopping by:) It’s sometimes so hard to stop comparing yourself to everyone else, but I find we’re much happier when we don’t.