I have just watched this movie with extremely high hopes – ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ starring Sarah Jessica Parker is about a mother of two young kids who has a full on, full time job that involves lots of travel and time! We see how she juggles kids parties, school bake sales along with corporate meetings and interstate travel. I thought FANTASTIC finally a movie that will give me hope, show me we can do it all! Perfect mother, wife and employee sounds good right?
Well..I was bitterly disappointed *spoiler alert* we can’t do it all…she desperately tried to take on a big career-changing contract, while remaining an attentive mother and wife. After a mere two months she crashed and burned. Even though she was making great progress at work, she hit the rocks with her husband and was continually disappointing her children. So she had a choice to make, of course it was without a doubt her family that took the top spot. Whilst she did not quit her job she could no longer give it 100%, meaning she could no longer climb the corporate ladder.
Granted I knew it would happen, deep down I was still hoping for some magical secret, telling us all how to balance it all, but we can’t. I always give 100% of my efforts while working but when it comes down to it my kids without a fraction of a doubt come first!
I am finally coming to terms with the fact that for my sanity’s sake, I can’t do it all. I am not perfect. I’m not going to climb the corporate ladder and I won’t always have a clean house. But my girls will always be bathed, clothed, fed and very very loved.
So thank you Sarah Jessica Parker, although the realization that I can’t do it all will not stop me trying, it eases the pressure and the disappointment when it doesn’t happen.
But I surely can’t be the only one who wants it all! (Greedy I know) Do you try to get the best of both worlds? Have you actually managed to do it? Would love to hear from you!