I posted recentlyl about how lost I am and how I am trying to figure out who I am , and what happened to me.
Not too long after posting that post, I got an invitation from a local media personality with whom I had interacted with on her facebook page, to attend a symposium on empowering women. It was a huge eye opener for sure.
This was very out of my comfort zone. Me. Alone. Large group of women I do not know. I did it though and for that I am proud of myself. I went in with zero expectations , not knowing what to expect. I knew this person hosting and a couple of other speakers would be trying thier best to inspire and help us to find power within ourselves.
I learned some interersting things. Only 4 percent of the population are doing what they were born to do. I am not sure how anyone came up with that figure, but if it true, sad. I think it was kind of ironic that Dove Soap announced in thier most recent ad that only 4 percent of women around the world think they are beautiful. Both are sad statisics. Strange that they are the same.
some of the advice we were given was
Do your destiny
Lets do this thing
I live by, do something, even if it is wrong,
take action, a plan without action is only a wish
verbalize it, say it outloud to yourself , tell someone else.
Do what you say you are going to do.
Visualize it. Picture joy in the end result.
Don’t be fearless, just fear less
Be courageous, determined and resolute
Never give up
Surround yourself with good people
seek wise councel
Start right where you are.
Do it for yourself.
Do it because you love it
Think outside the box
Take the first step
balance is the key
do it with excellence
We were asked a lot of questions
What do I want for ME
What is the one thing, you have always wanted to do ?
What is holding you back ?
What gets your heart rate going ?
More inspirational quotes,
be in the moment
Do it afraid
go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.
think about what things are most important to you.
then more questions
What gives you meaning in life,
What are the principals and actions that guide your decisions
You were made for more
We each have a higher purpose
You were made to leave a mark
We are what we think we are. Identify your obstacles
As yourself how much do I want this ?
Identify with your goal.
A lot of great quotes, and I truely enjoyed what all three of these ladies had to say.
The problem is, when you have lost yourself, you are not even in a place to ask yourself these kinds of questions.
How in the heck do I do my destiny when I have no clue what it is ? I have no damn clue. None . At . All .
What thing are we supposed to do, IF we are struggling to find WHO we are ?
Doing something, even if it is wrong. Obviously many of us are doing the wrong thing, that does not help. If you keep doing wrong things in the hope you will do the right eventually, that does not work. Another saying comes to mind, I believe it was Einstien that said it, definition of Insanity : doing the same thing over and over and expecting a differant outcome . How many of us do this exact thing ? We think it is us trying to make something happen. We are not supposed to give up. We are supposed to pursue our dreams !! When the dreams do not come true, we might still keep going, just thinking, this time I will make it !! But it never works. Unless it does, and then you got what you wanted and that is really awesome and wonderful, but for most of us, it does not work out that way.
How are you supposed to take action or visualize something that you do not even know ? How can I visualize an outcome when I cannot figure out that outcome ?
I am a huge believer in the law of attraction, but to attract it you have to know what you want so you can think about it and attract it !!
I would love to be courageous. That sounds so powerful. BE COURAGEOUS !!! BE DETERMINED !! BE RESOLUTE !! Please tell me what that means. I really have no clue at all.
The logical song comes to mind.
It starts out, telling how wonderful and magical life was when he was young, but then he was sent away to become responsible and dependable and at one point in the song he asks to be told what he has learned and as absurb as it seems, can you tell him who he is ? I am not quoiting directly because I am not sure I can legally, but look up the song lyrics, I have heard it recently on the oldies channel and it struck a chord with me.
We start out small kids. Well, babies, and we see the world so magicly. Wonder, joy, amazment, everything is new, wonderful, awesome, and insipring. We start to build dreams, often big , wonderful dreams , and then we become adults and we are told we have to be practical. be moms, ( dads, but I am writing about women here ) , pay the bills, get a job, grow up !! There is no time for nonsense.
So, most of us take it to heart. We get jobs, we put those childhood dreams away. We forget about them and go to college, if we are lucky, ( I never got to go to college ) work, get married, have kids and do all the right things. And that wonderful, creative, happy, joyful child in us, dies a little inside .
I used to love to play games. I spent hours as a kid running in the front yard, kickball, soccer, hopscotch, monopoly, aggravation, the game of life, and so one. We had our four kids and when the family would all get together for parties, I never got to play. I had to watch the kids. Keep my eyes on four kids and make sure they were all okay. My hubby played croquet , or whatever they were playing. I know he never understood why I would not play. He is a good husband and father, but moms are moms and moms worry. He finally convinced me the kids would be fine, relax and stop worrying and a half hour later, a stranger walked up to the door with our then 18 month old youngest son, letting us know they found him in the middle of the street. Oh dear God. I was beside myself. How he even got out of the house/ yard , we have no clue. After that, it was over. I was not ever going to take my eye off of them again. What every playfulness I had left , was gone. I was a mom, I had to watch the kids, period. That scared me half to dealth. My baby. What could have happened.
Now, obviously within a few years, they were all big enough to not worry about anymore By the time our baby was eight and the oldest was 16 I could have relaxed and not been so nervous, but now it was routine. This was my job.
Now fast forward to today. Empty nest. None at home.The four kids range from 23 to 32 years old. No more excuses, I obviously do not have to watch them anymore. I do not know how to play any longer. It is buried in me. I know it is in there. But it is buried deep. Add that to the fact I have lost my dreams, and I have lost who I am. It is a hot mess.
I really enjoyed the symposium. They meant well. One lady was leading our table in discussion. I had a turn to talk and she asked me a bunch of questions. I suppose she got frustrated with my answers, she cut me off and went to the next person. The ironic thing is, this woman claims to be passionate about helping stay at home moms not lose them selves. WHAT? So, she takes a stay at home mom who HAS lost themselves and proceed to make her feel pretty bad. I could have been a great resource for her. I am the poster child of what she wants young women to avoid, yet she made me feel kind of bad. I tried to not let it bother me and continued to participate, but she never gave me a turn to answer a question again. She is a never married, never had children , around 40ish woman. No offense, but what in the hell does she know about what moms and housewives are going through if she is not willing to listen to even one who is struggling ? I told her get them while they are young, maybe they will not go through what I am going through. that was BEFORE my incident with her and the questions. This woman also wrote a book about living your greatest life. Hmm, just saying……
I came home from this event kind of in a funky mood. I am very overweight, no job, let alone career. I could not relate to most of these women in any way and they could not relate to me. A lot of weathy socialite women were there. Business women, career women, business owners.
I need someone to ask real questions. Not give me a bunch of inspiring quotes. I have been collecting quotes for years. They really do not help much.
I know all of those women mean well. I have no doubt in my mind all three of our speakers mean very well. But they ALL have careers and dreams they are living . They DO NOT understand the frustration and sometimes hopelessness women can go through when they no longer have a focus in thier life. They have worked thier way out of a job, raising kids that are off on thier own and do not need them anymore. It is a hard place to be in. All of thier focus has been making sure their kids are okay, making sure the kids have what they need, not much thought as to what they need. The kids were thier career so to speak, but they get a very early retirement, with no pay and a life time of experience that does not help them to get a job.
So, step one for me, get a car. I cannot sit at home any longer. I am beginning to be fearful to go places alone and without a car , I cannot !!
So, we did. My hubby wanted me to have a car and an opportunity for a great deal came along last night, just days after this event, and he bought me a beautiful car !!
I went out today. I went to Hobby Lobby to see if they are hiring, but they are not. Next week I will try a new place every day. I then went to Target for a crock pot and a gift and card I needed , and then to Alberstsons for some sale meat ,no really exciting, but I enjoyed it. It was exciting to me.
As I was wandering around Target, my first time out alone in a couple of years, I am dead serious, my first time alone in a store, driven there by myself in a couple of years. I remembered a card posted on facebook, and I thought it expressed how I felt in that moment.
I am currently unsupervised !! I know, it freaks me out too !! But the possibilities are endless !!
So, I wish instead of well intentioned quotes, some of the motivational speakers would give us real steps to finding ourselves. THAT would be movtivating to me !!
I do not want to leave the impression my life sucks. It does not. I am lucky to have a fabulous, loving and supportive husband and four amazing kids and we have three in law kids and seven grandkids. I have friends and I have some hobbies and interests. I laugh, and I live and I love. I do however need more. I need somthing of my own to be passionate about. I need a direction. My hubby is not responsible for my happiness, my kids and grandkids and in law kids are not repsonsible for my happiness, and neither are my friends. That is completely up to me.
I need a purpose, a drive !! Something to pull me out of bed in the mornings, excited to get involved and work on that thing !!
So, the journey continues. It is my journey, I have to take the steps. I just have to figure out which direction I need to head towards, once I have that, the rest will be pretty easy !!
Please share your insights, I think we all can learn from each others journeys. We need to share !! This journey is so important. We ALL desereve to be happy and fullfilled and passionate about something in our lives. That child is still in me, I just have to figure out how to rescue her. She deserves to be freed from the prison I put her in, and the fact I did bury that part of me, makes me so sad.
Thanks for stopping by !!