My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

You Can be Anything You Want to Be

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I grew up in the age of “Girls Can Do Anything.”

I never doubted that I could be anything I wanted to be. I even had my sights set on being the first woman president. It wasn’t until the pigtails were gone that I realized just how much I dislike politics. Still I never doubted that I could be and do what I wanted. I never saw a glass ceiling; I was too busy shooting for the stars.

But somewhere along the way, things changed.

My thoughts went from being able to do anything to being able to do everything.

This world full of equality and women’s rights had catapulted me past the realm of ability into responsibility.

Sure, I can be a stay at home mom with higher degrees and foster a career and bake for the bake sale.

I can keep my pinterest worthy house perfectly clean while still doing glitter crafts with the kids.

I can have girls night out and family nights and don’t forget date night every week.

I can go to church and teach Sunday school and lead a Bible study while feeding the poor and teaching the kids the Bible backward and forward.

I can cook whole foods for every meal and be a size 2 while still whipping up that birthday cake and drinking a glass of wine a day.

I can be motherly and sexy and sweet and independent and submissive.

I can go on and on and on.

But the truth is, I was never meant to do everything.

When we try to do it all, something always suffers, and it’s usually us.

When I stay home, I worry that I should be working.

When I spend time with the kids I think I could really use some girl time.

When I enjoy the cake I think about another size slipping away.

Maybe it’s time we stop trying to be everything and start doing our best with a few things.

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Even stars burn out.

So we have to choose from this bountiful buffet of anything.

What will you choose today?

About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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