An “ode” to the working mother


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Today’s post is dedicated to working moms everywhere. I have a very near and dear friend that is having a hard time balancing work, life, and motherhood right now, and I feel like it’s up to us to help her through it.

As we all know, for most of us at least, work is essential; because nowadays it takes more than one spouse to bring home enough income in order to actually make it! And sometimes we do… and sometimes we don’t. Even the thought of that turns my stomach sour, but when I look at my life as a whole… I wouldn’t have it any other way. How about you? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved having my five year old son home for Christmas break, but the fact that I got to leave the house, and go to work, and breathe a little, made all the difference in me keeping my sanity.

My husband makes a decent living, but without my contribution, we definitely couldn’t live comfortably. So let’s break this down together, shall we?

Ok.

Being a working mother means: making sacrifices, constantly worrying about things that you cannot control, having other people help to raise your child/children, missing out on certain events (school or family), feeling hopeless, feeling powerless, having a constant gnawing feeling that you’re letting someone down, feeling tired all the time, constantly feeling the need to compensate for other things, spending a lot less time with your spouse and/or family, feeling like you’re being pulled in a hundred different directions, feeling guilty, constantly feeling like there’s never enough hours in the day, and feeling bad or guilty when you find out that life carries on without you. Especially when you want to be involved in it.

Did I miss anything here?

But what I want my friend to know, is that ITS OKAY. It’s okay to feel the way that you feel, because a lot of other women feel the same way too. It’s okay to do the things that you do, just to get through each and every day in one piece. Your children will understand one day why their mom was so busy, and they will thank you for it. Your true friends will still be there for you through the mayhem and the hysteria, and your family will always be your family, and they’ll love you no matter what.

So, it’s time to put on those big girl panties, and go out there, and give it what you’ve got! Remember, you are not alone in this, because there are thousands of women out there that feel the same way that you do! We all handle stress in different ways, and finding a way to release it at least once a day is healthy. For me, it’s singing at the top of my lungs when I’m in my car, by myself, to Taylor Swift. For whatever reason, there’s something about her that makes me feel good about myself, and screeching her lyrics as loud as I can, feels incredible. You should try it. I DARE YOU!

“Shake It Off”

I stay out too late
Got nothing in my brain
That’s what people say, mmm-mmm
That’s what people say, mmm-mmm

I go on too many dates [chuckle]
But I can’t make them stay
At least that’s what people say, mmm-mmm
That’s what people say, mmm-mmm

But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind
Saying, “It’s gonna be alright.”

‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

I never miss a beat
I’m lightning on my feet
And that’s what they don’t see, mmm-mmm
That’s what they don’t see, mmm-mmm

I’m dancing on my own (dancing on my own)
I make the moves up as I go (moves up as I go)
And that’s what they don’t know, mmm-mmm
That’s what they don’t know, mmm-mmm

But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop grooving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind
Saying, “It’s gonna be alright.”

‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

Hey, hey, hey
Just think while you’ve been getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world,
You could’ve been getting down to this sick beat.

My ex-man brought his new girlfriend
She’s like “Oh, my god!” but I’m just gonna shake.
And to the fella over there with the hella good hair
Won’t you come on over, baby? We can shake, shake, shake

Yeah ohhh

‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate (haters gonna hate)
I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break (mmmm)
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake (and fake, and fake, and fake)
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

Shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

Shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off (you’ve got to),
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

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