Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Women Can't Have it All!

I was watching the Today Show this morning and the long time career woman Brenda Barnes, SaraLee CEO, was on talking about giving up her 22 year career to spend more time at home.  As her kids have grown, she returned to the work force.  Today when Meredith Veira asked her how she felt about the saying, "women can have it all" she said she didn't believe that at all.  She said choose what is most important to you and have that.  Her comment brought me to tears.  It gave me wings!  No matter what I may be capable of, no matter what I might have to give the world, my family is the most important thing to me.  I have often felt that because I was a mother at such a young age, I was unable to make my mark on the world.  But I realize now, that I made that choice the day he was born.  I was not driven to be a successful woman, I was driven by that sweet baby.  I have no doubt that if need be, I would have been successful outside the home to take care of my family, but I didn't need to.  I am grateful to my husband who worked so hard to achieve the career of his dreams.  It has taken care of us all.  Thankfully we are living the life we both dreamed of.  Sometimes I let outside influences get to me, but today, I have this experience to keep me going strong!