Thursday, August 26, 2010

SuperWoman Syndrome


I was lying in bed last Tuesday night trying desperately to breathe through my stuffy nose and stifle my dry cough, and I panicked! I didn't publish a post that day! It was the first day in six months (that's half a year!) that I didn't post something. I didn't publish a post the next day, either. But the world didn't end!

I was feeling so crummy, I had to admit... I am NOT SuperWoman! I like to think I am. I can maintain a household of five, get the kids where they need to be, and go to church on Sundays. I can work full time and do a darn good job. And I can publish a blog post daily. Usually. "Can" is the key word.

Sometimes I think I place unnecessary expectations on myself. I expect more of myself than other people do. I need to admit to myself that while I CAN do all of these things, I don't need to do them all. Have you had a look at one of my typical days lately? Does anyone else have SuperWoman Syndrome? I think it's time to give ourselves a break!
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9 comments:

Diane said...

It's hard to give up the cape. But sometimes superwoman needs to fade into her everyday persona, just to recharge and get a bit of rest. You have a challenging job with your blended family - take it a little easier on yourself! Believe me, I understand self-imposed expectations, and how hard it is to let some of them go.

One More Equals Four said...

I think most Mommas suffer from Superwoman syndrome. We want to be everything to our families...but it just isn't possible. Only God can be everything! It really is hard, though to break away from those expectations and I must admit to a sense of pride when I accomplish everything on my list during "one of those days"!

Hope you are feeling better! Have a great weekend!

Ashley Pichea said...

I totally understand the blog panic feeling. It took me awhile once I made a goal of posting daily to allow myself grace to NOT post daily. It's always nice to know the world won't stop if I don't get around to it one day - puts my perspective back to rights. :)

Have a great weekend!

Jen said...

I just blogged about finding time for a Sabbath, so I totally get you. With me, I never stop to rest and I end up just. so. tired.

Hooray for you for recognizing that you don't have to live up to those expectations!

Rachel Anne said...

No Superwoman, here....I wasn't ever able to fill out the bustier. However, I do like the bracelets, so I hang on to the dream.

When I took a blog break in July, I enjoyed it completely. The world didn't end, surprisingly. I love my sister's saying, "Live first, blog later." and a break is good for the soul.

Hope you're feeling better!

Myya said...

Some days I get really down on myself & then I remember I am definitely no Superwoman, I always fall short & I've finally gotten used to it. My latest motto is... ehhh there is always tomorrow :)

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I think we all have the syndrome, but realizing that it's not fatal is the first step to learning to live with it. Hope you're feeling better!

Ashley Daoust said...

It sounds like you had a great realization about expectations and getting a good perspective. What a bummer that feeling like crud is what brought it on, though.

Melinda said...

Sometimes it can be a relief when we have that flash of "I'm not superwoman!" We can relax a little and enjoy more of life :)

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