Winter Blues (and Green)

Real freedom is

being able to not have my way and

still be just as happy as if I did.

Joyce Meyer


I often hear women bemoan their choices that are different and can’t possibly measure up to those who do more or better and lean in a whole lot. What does true freedom mean if we don’t feel liberated to create a life that feels authentic to our own happiness? When we feel compelled to conform to other people’s choices and measures of success? I hear the great advantage of aging is that each passing year brings us closer to the day when we can blaze our trail (or not) without feeling inadequate, defensive or judged.

From Jennifer Senior’s All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood:

The phrase “having it all” has little to do with what women want. If anything, it’s a reflection of a widespread and misplaced cultural belief, shared by men and women alike: that we, middle class Americans, have infinite promise and it’s our obligation to exploit every ounce of it. “Having it all” is the phrase of a culture that, as Adam Phillips implies in Missing Out, is tyrannized by the idea of its own potential.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Jan 23, 2016 @ 10:30:13

    Having it all means less to me more and more these days. I love simple and I don’t need much space. This is what has changed in me as I’ve gotten older. I want my life to be quiet and peaceful and as I wake up each day I look for just that.

    This Goddess caught my eye in the beautiful gown. I like the way it looks on her body. As I was looking at the photos I titled her as the “Jewel”. My favorite photo is number three. I love the offering of a sexy neck and the wispy hairs and soft shoulders of a beautiful woman. A kiss waiting to be placed.



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