Having It All from Queen Of The Castle
8/19/2010 11:19:00 AM
I love watching “Top Chef” once a week. For exactly one hour a week, the possibility of becoming a world-class chef seems within reach. The minute the show is over, I realize it’s probably not going to happen. There’s the simple reality that I am extremely recipe dependent, don’t know what a “sauce reduction” is, and enjoy grocery shopping much more than grocery preparing. Ah, well. The same goes for applying for astronaut candidate training. Oh, how I’ve longed to be an astronaut. But then I remember the horrid jumpsuits, gel-pack meals, and the fact that I am deathly afraid of heights. That’s probably not going to work either. No matter, the next dream of choice will be along soon.
The truth is, I want it all. I want to do it all, I want to have it all, I want to be it all. Some things I want more than others, but it’s all in there.
Maybe the truth is I don’t necessarily want it ALL, but I certainly want to to feel like it’s all within my reach. I want the freedom to choose, like a menu of life, and find my choice plopped down in front of me next to the fork and the knife. Hey, I’m a mom and I work hard, don’t I deserve to have it all? Of course I do. We all do.
Like many other moms around the World, my life can get chaotic. In being pulled in so many different directions on a daily basis, I sometimes feel like I don’t have time to have it all, or even a little for that matter. On those days, many of the goals I have had since childhood seem to be drifting further and further away, and as I wave goodbye to the small dingy that carries them , I can’t help but feel a little annoyed and sad.
Then I realize that a lot of those childish goals were simply that, childish. Many goals I used to have aren’t even things I want anymore, and let’s not forget the fact that many of my lifelong goals DID come true. I am a mom and a wife and a business owner and a generally happy person. Those are all accomplished goals. In addition, there is the wonderful realization that everything I still truly want to do, IS within my reach. I decide where I want to go next and the world awaits my decision. We can have it all, from our “I want it all” list. The glory of life is the list is constantly changing and challenging us to come and get it. We simply must make the decision…place the order and put the napkin in our lap. Life is a menu and I’m hungry. I’m not the one who is going to cook it, but I am the one who is going to enjoy it.
Here’s to having it all!