Monday, August 2, 2010
The Superwoman Complex
I’ve been asked the same question over and over again. Why did you title your book Chasing Superwoman?
Here’s the short answer.
The Superwoman complex runs deep. As a wife, lawyer, and mother of three young children, I’ve wrestled deeply with the tension between my career, my family, and my faith. Yes, I’ve been accused of trying to do it all. Like most mothers, I can’t say no, so I’m known to over commit in just about every area of my life, running around in circles trying to achieve some unattainable level of perfection. Sometimes, I even get in a groove and tell myself, I can do this. Like Superwoman, I don’t need anybody’s help.
But just when I think I have everything under control, I inadvertently skip carpool duty, miss a deadline, or forget my sister’s birthday. And I’m lucky if I get up early enough to get everyone breakfast and out the door on time. While I have every intention of making healthy dinners and packing sugar-free lunches, I always seem to cut corners on nutrition. I’m known to get really annoyed with my kids when they don’t listen, and I often complain to my husband, “You just don’t understand what it’s like to be me.”
Most days I fall far short of being Superwoman. Yet I keep chasing her! And I don’t think I’m alone.
Do you ever find yourself chasing Superwoman? If so, join me for the Superwoman Series - we'll be returning to this topic in future blogs.