December 14, 2011

My Priorities

I often get the impression that I have different priorities than others.

I am not a career woman.

I'm not a "tiger mom".

While I do have a crafty bone in my body, I'm no Martha.

I am a stay-at-home mom, and a good one I think, but not Susie Homemaker.

I am a woman of the 21st century who believes her fellow women, and her daughter, can do anything they want to...yet I've never known what I want to do (besides the mom thing).

I wish there weren't political parties, rather people who want to work together for the betterment of our country and the world.

I would love it if everyone could simply believe what they believe, feel it and practice it, and leave it at that.

I don't want to argue and don't understand why so many people do.

My priorities are the people I love and caring for them.  No two ways about it.

I think because I am married to someone with more than one health condition I just don't have the energy to spend getting all worked up about every little thing.  That's not to say I don't care about things outside of my own little world.  I absolutely do.  But the other things I care about still fall under the category of taking care of the people I love.

Such as education (my children), healthcare (Mark), housing (my family), the economy (everyone).  And I'm a bit of a bleeding heart.  I care very much about homelessness and hunger.  I just can't imagine how hopeless it would feel to not even have your basic needs met.

Our extended family matters a great deal to me.  My friends are a necessity in my life.

But still, at the end of the day, it ultimately comes back to my little family.  Nothing, no really, NOTHING, is more important to me.  If the four of us are OK, then it's all OK.  If we're alright, I can think about other things.  When we're not alright, everything feels off.  As much as I just want to stop and fix what's wrong right here, I know that life goes on and I have to push myself to go along with it.  And I know it's healthy to not dwell in your own little bubble all the time, so I don't.

My priorities lie with people.  With love, comfort, closeness, connections and relationships.

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