There’s dust almost everywhere.
You wish you hadnt bought dark furniture.
ALL the dishes you own are piled up in the sink.
The floor hasn’t been swept in days.
And you can identify stains from each of the games the kids played.
The maids/cleaning service haven’t turned up.
The substitute cook says she can come in only at 5:30 am, yes am, or not at all. She doesn’t have any other time slot.
The laundry has started changing color and disseminating smells that thankfully only you notice. The men of the house are impervious to such things.
Throw in a coupla important meetings at work, a project deadline, and day care has a day off due to one of the many national holidays – which your company has decided to pass up on.
And of course the spouse’s work is such that he cannot take the day off. Or miss those after office conference calls. Or take the family out to dinner.
So what do you do?
Roll up your sleeves, brace yourself, and plough into the chores.
Prioritize, juggle and just keep going at it.
One at a time. Goading yourself on. What to do? You’re the only one who can handle this. You have to.
After all, the help are unreliable; the spouse is busy at office, and You have to take care of everything.
After all, YOU cant stand a messy house.
YOU still want to feed the kids nutritious food.
YOU want to plan out ‘educational’ activities to keep them occupied.
YOU also want to complete that project at work, coz you’re a responsible high performer at work.
Does this sound like YOU?
How often? Every other day? Every day?
Feel you’re being pushed to the limit? That everyone “expects” you to? That you’re constantly being forced to be Superwoman?
Well, think again.
Who asked you to be superwoman?!?
Rather – did anyone at all ask you to, or tell you to, take it all on?
Was it just you? Pushing your self?
You do have other choices.
Take a step back and look again. Is it someone else forcing you to do it all?
Or is it just – YOU?
Let me repeat that. Is it just You?
Take a deep breath now.
If you don’t do <insert chore of choice>, the spouse, the kids, will manage. Just fine. Yes, their clothes may not be washed and starched and ironed the way you like to; the food may not meet your exacting standards; the house may not be spic and span. But 5 years later, will any of it matter?
What will last though, is your frustration. And your family’s.
When you constantly try to be Superwoman.
The challenge then, really, is not about being Super Woman and juggling it all.
The real challenge is in ‘letting go’. Letting go of the need to be Superwoman.
Learning to live easy. Learning to really prioritize.
And you’ll get your life back.
The big question for you to answer is : Are you ready to let go of being SuperWoman?
Note: This article was first published on my personal blog as Tired of being SuperWoman? Then why dont you just quit?