Sunday, August 12, 2012

Day 82, August 12

Fortune is not for the faint-hearted.--Sophocles

I was a faint-hearted young wife and mother.  I deferrerd--to everybody.  Not a contentious thing escaped my lips.  These may be good qualities, but, looking back, I realize I did myself a disservice by always being willing to give in.  And give up.

These days, I'm more of a tiger than a pussy cat.  (Though I adore my cat.)  I've written in earlier posts how I channel my mama wolverine when someone threatens my family.  In fact, that same wolverine made an appearance or two in my younger days, but never in defense of myself.

I let people walk all over me.  And I took it.  Again and again.  I allowed others to see me as weak and wimpy and wussy.  (Don't you love a good alliteration?)

I still occasionally struggle to stand up for myself, but menopause (with its accompanying lack of estrogen) has given me the gumption to stand up and give back as good as I get.   Yes, I'm a menopausal mama with her own set of claws and fangs.

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