I have heard a lot of women wish that men knew what it would be like for them to be a woman for one day. Seriously, think about it? Could they really handle it? Most of the men I've dealt with turn into a baby at the slightest sign of the sniffles. Could they really handle a menstrual cycle, being pregnant, or Heaven forbid, menopause? The jury is still out on this but, more households are being ran by stay at home and single dads. Some of these guys are running circles around some of us moms and looking pretty darn good while doing it. Regardless, women were made of strong stock and are able to handle any obstacle no matter how tired, sick, or sad we may be.
There was a program on Discovery Health called "70 and Pregnant" a few months back. I remember watching this program and wondering, who in their right minds would become parents so late in life. A couple in their 70's that lived in the Middle East had been trying for years to have a baby. After seeking the help of a doctor for IVF procedures, the couple had their first little girl. When the interviewer asked the mom if she was happy with a girl, her response was. "Yes. I am happy with my daughter. Boys are useless. The girls are the ones who take care of their families." Now, of course I don't think boys are useless, but there are things women were born better equipped to handle.
As a student, a mother, sister, daughter, friend, confidant, and freelancer, it is quite difficult to without fail, meet the demands of everyone who needs you. How many times have you wanted to curl into a ball and cry your eyes out about something that really bugged you? I have wanted to do it countless times, but I couldn't fall apart because someone else needed me. Sometimes, you feel a greater sense of satisfaction if you can help someone else with their problems, even if it means yours goes to the back burner.
I don't know why some people don't think the role of a mother isn't a full-time job. I mean, think about it. We cook 3 times a day (professional chef), clean and do laundry (housekeeper), heal and kiss boo-boo's (doctor/nurse) issue time-outs (drill sergeant), break up fights (negotiator)....our roles never end. If the government decided to pay us mother's for the hard work we do, they'd owe us back pay and then some.
Ladies, take time for yourselves. It is so depressing to look back over the years of your life and discover that others received more of you than you did. We are strong creatures and it is okay to be strong for others, but if everyone has a piece of you simultaneously, what's left at the end of the day? Nothing. Find time to invest in yourself and do the things that make you happy. You are worth it and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.