Ok, girls, today’s post is gonna be short and sweet because 1) It’s my birthday, and I can feel my brain cells shrinking even as we speak. As you know, this happens with age. 2) It’s 10:45 p.m., and whatever brain cells I have left are brushing their teeth, putting their pajamas on, and getting ready to go to bed! In case you missed my next to last post, this is a continuation of my series of little tips and ideas for making life just a bit easier.
I love ideas and philosophical conversations and all manner of verbose speculation about life in general. However, most things shared during these high-brow pow wows (ooh, I like the sound of that!) find themselves lost somewhere in the deep recesses of my cranium (much like the due dates on my most recent batch of library materials, ha ha). But once in a while, someone will share a rare bit of wisdom that has a lasting impact on my life and revolutionizes the way I think. Boy, don’t you LOVE it when this happens??!!
Today, I am going to share one of those mind-blowing revelations with you. Are you ready for this??
Here it is: Generally speaking, most women can excel in only two major areas of life. When you add a third major task or responsibility to a woman’s load, her life will often feel burdensome and overwhelming. So, I am sure you are wondering how I know this is true. And I would have to say that it’s because one of my best friend’s husbands told me so. And because his sister (who is a registered nurse, yes, a medical professional!) told HIM so. And because when he told ME what his sister told HIM, my mind was like totally blown. And I knew it was true. See, that’s how I know it’s true! And now YOU know why I had to title this post, “Unscientific research proves that women can only be amazing at two things.” #sigh #deepbreath
So, anyways, think about that for a spell. Let it sink in. If this is true of you, and I know it is since UNSCIENTIFIC research PROVES it, then you sort of have to pick and choose what your priorities are. You can be an awesome mom and a superior housekeeper, but chances are, you won’t rival Rachel Rae in the kitchen department. You can rock out at the office or any other place of employment and be a superstar at the gym, but your mothering might take a back seat. You can be Natural Crunchy Earth Mother and The Happy Homeschooler, but your housekeeping skills might be a tad subpar (Hmmmm, y’all don’t know anyone who fits THAT description, do you??)
I think the reason this concept changed my life was because for the first time, I gave myself permission to be mediocre or just downright bad at certain things. It was freeing to know that I could pursue my top priorities wholeheartedly and assign other things to the back burner, so to speak. If you’re a perfectionist like me, I hope this speaks to you and gives you a little more breathing room. You don’t have to be Miss Magnificent in every way possible. Just pick your two things and run with them, girl! The mismatched socks and disorganized linen closet will take care of themselves. And it’s ok. It’s really OK! (Because I said so and because unscientific research PROVES it!) :)