Can I really have it all?
Complete: having all the necessary or appropriate parts.
Warning: the following post is a complete outpouring of random thoughts…
Oh if only I could have it all and be complete…the world would be amazing! I’d have a size ten figure and eat chocolate. I’d have wine with no hangover. I’d have children yet spontaneity. The world would be my oyster. But can we, and by we I mean women, really ever truly have it all? Can I be a mother, a teacher and a blogger? Are there enough hours in the day; do I have the capacity and mental and physical energy to do all of these things to the very best of my ability, or does something inevitably have to give?
This week I went back to work, and even though it’s only been for two days it’s impacted on my life hugely. I’ve been dreaming about work, thinking about it when I’m not there and even – shock horror – doing some school work at home. I’ve not seen my children as much as I would normally and I feel distanced. I’ve not been on Twitter hardly at all and I feel removed from that too.
Before I went back to work I was happy and fulfilled. Being a full time mum was amazing, and blogging gave me the mental stimulation I craved. I wrote and published a book, I even made some money…and things were getting exciting. I was planning on organising a post natal depression awareness week…something that would take a huge amount of organisation, but is such an important thing to do. I was becoming involved in Team Honk and the fabulous bloggers relay across the land. I was developing my blog and writing more books (as yet unseen and unpublished.) It was exciting, I was excited, I loved it. And while I still can (and most definitely will) do all of those things, if I’m honest I’m already very anxious that I will not be able to dedicate as much time and energy to them as I would have when I wasn’t at work. Sometimes if you’re away from the world if Twitter just for one day you can miss so much, and the same is true of children. And I certainly don’t want to miss a single minute with them.
As I warned you at the beginning, this post really is a bit of an outpouring of thoughts and confused feelings at the moment and I appreciate it if you’re still reading. 😉
I’m the kind of person who doesn’t do anything by halves – my boss once said to me that no one could ever meet my expectations as I set them impossibly high, hence why I’m not great at job sharing – and I don’t want to do something unless I can give it my absolute all. Yet, if I try and maintain those expectations of myself, then all of the things I want in my life may not all be able to stay. Obviously I can’t give up my children…so what will go? I guess maybe, only time will tell and I’ll naturally gravitate to the things I am most passionate and enthusiastic about. But oh it would be so lovely if nothing had to give…if these emotions and anxieties were just all part of getting into a new routine, a new groove, and that in a few weeks I’ll look back and wonder what all the fuss was about. Because of course I can have it all…I’m a woman aren’t I?! 😉
Have any of you felt like this? Can we have it all because if we can, I’d love to know how! 😉
TimeWaitsForNoMumJanuary 11, 2014 at 9:34 am (9 years ago)
I think it’s a juggling act and it depends how good or happy each person is with juggling as to how many different things they can have going on at one time.
Because of my 2 hour + commute I actually have more time to write since returning to work and so my time with my son is less but more concentrated as I don’t try to do much other than be in the moment with him.
Of course some things fall by the wayside and there are opportunities I have to turn down because of work or because I’m a mum, but, over my lifetime, I think I can have most if not all of what I want. What I don’t expect is to have it all, all of the time. Thanks for a thought provoking post! I hope things settle down for you once you’ve been back a few weeks xReply
instinctivemumJanuary 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm (9 years ago)
Thank you, me too. It’s already settled down just this week and luckily I’ve managed to catch up on other things this weekend. Just as well I like being busy lol! x