But sometimes, there is simply a beautiful act of doing, of just getting on with it.
Like this from Made for Mums.
Just women who happen to be mothers doing the whole working thing, the whole life thing.
Like Katie Hislop, 32, from Wiltshire, a Major in the army;
‘I’ve seen active service in Iraq, and I may again. Even though I can’t deny it will be difficult leaving Sophie, I totally accept that responsibility.’
Like Sarah Hill, 38, from Wales;
‘I’ve volunteered for my local lifeboat since I was 23 years old, and I’ve never considered stepping down now just because I’m a mum.’
Like Sarah Solheim, 31, from Essex;
‘[Working with the Fire Service] I’ve dealt with house fires, road accidents and flooding. It’s hugely rewarding, and [my son] is especially proud of me!‘
As somebody who can get shoe-throwingly frustrated by ‘The Juggling’, I find these statements fall like drops of pure crystal triple-distilled-by-nature mountain stream water into the murky cesspool of my life.
And while I’m feeling cleansed by simplicity, I’m going to take a bath in this stunningly simple piece of sagesse from Musings of an Inappropriate Woman:
‘But most of the time, getting what you want – especially if “what you want” is something really juicy – means pulling out all stops. And for most people (for me, at least) pulling out all stops requires being honest about what you want.
‘It means standing up and acknowledging – at least to yourself, if not to other people – “hey, I really want that juicy thing and I’m not ashamed to admit it.”’
What do you really want? I mean really, really want?
Me? I don’t think ‘rule the fucking world’ really counts, so I’m taking some time out to think about it.