There’s a good many of us considered to be Superwomen out there. I regard any woman raising her family, contributing to the family income and giving of herself daily to her family, friends, peer group and community, as a superwoman. Women today enjoy freedoms that have been hard-won by generations of aspirational and inspirational predecessors. Whatever one’s personal opinion, one thing is a fact: women today routinely do all that their mothers and grandmothers did and they bring home the bacon. Some do so because they have to, some because they want to and for some, the need or desire can only not be fulfilled due to circumstances and/or opportunity.
Women often ‘struggle with the juggle’, and many good women have fallen in a heap attempting to keep all the balls in the air. My job involves a great deal of international travel, so I juggle being an absentee mother for sometimes extended periods of time. The majority of my peer group, if they have a family, get on with the business at hand, secure in the knowledge that their children’s mother is back home taking care of business there. Yet, if I wish to remain at the forefront of the pack, I need to run as fast as the rest of them – in fact, faster! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining – I love my job. I am also fortunate to have excellent family support at home, which allows me to admit that I do enjoy immensely my time while travelling the world. It’s nice to be able to immerse myself in my work, without the distractions of family life and routine.
There is a saying, “be a warrior, not a worrier”. Well, warrior women do worry! It comes with the Being A Mother job description. Many of us feel guilty too when something at home goes wrong that we are convinced would not have, had Superwoman been home to avert it. This happens several times, yes.
For me though, keeping my professional commitments and my career, make me a more fulfilled individual. Consequently, I feel I make a better mother, partner, friend, colleague and community member. If you have a passion that has been put on hold due to your family commitments, I encourage you to re-ignite it! It’s not easy sometimes, but it’s worth it. Pardon the L’Oreal like phrase – you’re worth it!