Balancing Act


Have y'all seen this commercial?

Well, every time it comes on, my mom says:  "That's going to be you!"

Part of me loves the thought that my future will contain such a balancing act-- the part of me that is a perfectionist and wants to be Superwoman.

But then, when I sit back and reflect on it, I realize that it may not be such a good thing.  Yes, I find happiness in being the perfect friend, daughter, student, etc, but, there really is NO such thing as being perfect.

I'm an overachiever and multi-tasker extraordinaire.

I'm a control freak and would rather do all the work knowing it will be done right, than trust someone else to help me.

I have trouble saying "NO" because I don't want to let others down.

The problem, though, is that at times while balancing my many roles and responsibilities, I end up running myself ragged to please everyone.  I achieve everything, and achieve it very well, but the sacrifice is myself.

As I think about a future, that will involve a husband and children to also care for and please, I realize that this may not be a good thing.  If I don't learn to put myself first sometimes and say "NO" the consequences could be detrimental.

I also know that I'm not alone.  Today women are expected to be the domestic goddess (which I intend to be) while also being educated and independent (which I also intend to be).  The problem, however though, is that we are constantly being pulled in a million different directions with a million different expectations.  And honestly...sometimes we just need to say:  "To heck with that!  I am who I am.  I know what my strengths are, but I can also embrace my weaknesses.  I deserve a break and to make mistakes every now and then."

So my questions on this Friday for all of you are:  Do you ever feel this way?  If so, how do you cope?

And on a lighter note...HAVE A FABULOUS WEEKEND!