I have a friend who’s real passion and purpose in life it to be a mother who stays at home and dedicates drive and ambition to her family. For women of our generation admitting to and pursuing this desire takes a great deal of courage. We grew up watching our mothers fight for equal opportunity. We were raised on the belief that stay-at-home motherhood was the shackles created to keep women down.
She hid this dream for years. I remember the first time she confessed this to me and one other close friend. She felt like she was letting the sisterhood down by wanting to dedicate her ambition and drive wholly to raising a family. She was miserable in her career, even though it drew on her talents and her interests. It wasn’t what she knew she was meant to do.
When she confessed to us we gave her our wholehearted support. We both wanted to see her happy. And the world could use a few kids raised with the same kind of dedicated passion that some people choose to invest in their careers.
The first step is confessing your dream to someone you can trust to treat it with the proper care and respect it deserves. Sometimes it is a family member. Sometimes it is a friend. And sometimes without even knowing it they are more committed to supporting some other version of you. Sometimes you need to seek out the support of a coach or mentor whose has no dog in this fight and whose only objective is you getting what you want out of life.
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