I watch quirky, I also watch relatable characters, most recently, strong, real women. I've started a new show. You may have heard of it, Victoria on Masterpiece. While I'm a sucker for the dresses, the jewelry, the crowns, I'm wildly fascinated by the role of women in each century. While I realize that writers take liberties, I'm guessing there's some truth to the portrayal of the Queen, and I'm finding it fascinating to see that a woman's many struggles haven't changed all that much.
Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837 at the tender age of 18. Almost immediately, she found herself struggling to be heard, to be thought of as the monarch, of a strong leader. It hadn't helped that she was a petite, delicate flower, considered mildly incapable of doing much more than having children and spending time in the nursery. The life she would most likely have had, had it not been the accident of her birth, to be born as the heir to the throne.
You can hear the frustration in her voice as the young girl fights to be heard, to find her way in a male dominated world, where simply by her sex and stature, she brushed aside as nothing more than a girl.
Victoria stumbles along the way, but remains steadfast in her duty, in her desire to make a difference, to rule her subjects with honesty and do what's right. But she does all this by her own rules, choosing to marry for love, not duty, standing up to those who wish to sway her and push her aside.
Though she's the ruler of England, a vast kingdom in 1837, she's still a woman. She suffers postpartum depression, she struggles being heard, she's jealous, when her husband flirts with a female mathematician. But when Victoria meets the woman face to face, she sees a woman struggling just like her, who is constantly trying to find her footing and prove herself.
Who knew I'd find a role model in a woman who lived 181 years ago, in a time and place so different from my own. And who knew just how much just being a woman, has not changed. How we still want the same things, and our difficulties are universal. And more than anything, the answer is same. We are the solution to our own situation and only we can make it right or better. We are our own strength and we owe it to each of to be supportive of our choices whether we chose to stay at home and raise our kids or we chose to work outside of our homes.
And just like Victoria, I stand firm in my desire to write, to create, to say something and leave behind a legacy. To help others like myself by sharing my story in hopes I can help someone else find their way.
No matter what, we're all strong, or delicate flowers, smart and capable and sometimes we stumble.
And Victoria isn't just the strong female character, it's not just watching and getting angry by thoughts and ideas I'm not used to, it's also the dresses, jewels, and crowns. Because hey, there's still that.
It's time I reinvent myself. I'm thinking of dyeing my hair orange and calling myself Lola. (Nov 24, 2014)
The last six months have been some of the worst both personally and professionally. I'm sorry if I haven't been happy for some of you in your successes or supportive of some of you when you've been at your worst. And as I try to figure out whereto go from here, I had a very weird epiphany in the shower this morning. Day one starts today… (Feb 28, 2015)
This is what the world sees of me on the outside. Put together, shiny, okay. But after the last six months, after the last sixteen in a half years of raising children, that's not me. As my life on the outside seems rather normal and put together, on the inside it's chaotic and I feel like I'm constantly living on the edge of the storm being sucked in at regular intervals.
This is me. Everything gets shoved into a disorganized mess, because I can't keep up. My closets are the same way. Everything gets tossed aside, forgotten. Messy piles of disorganization.
This website is much like my life. I started three years ago to become an expert in fantasy and science fiction to coordinate with the sale of my first book The Day of First Sun. But as I struggled with the book and a job I didn't like, I wrote a book about the struggles of being an introvert trying to sell sponsorships. My focus on the website has been about that. And now my website is a bit schizophrenic and doesn't know what it is. Much like me. I wish sometimes the world would stop and give me 24 hours just so I can sort through everything, clean it up and try to fix the ills.
My children both have issues that need attention and because of that our family is scattered, fighting to stay above water, mostly alone. While I wallow in all of this mess, an epiphany hit me in the shower. More of a plan. I decided I would seek out experiences. Some outside my comfort zone, and others, just to try something new.
Today is day one. With the stress of a depressed child and one with debilitating anxiety, I've gained some weight. Not much but enough to no longer fit into my clothes. I've lost muscle mass, my lower back and stomach hurt. Day one is a restart of the plan that I currently live daily, though I've gotten lazy and cheat too much, because I'm a stress eater. This time I'm determined to follow the plan with more dedication and less cheating. Body for Life has been my go to for years. When I follow it, I'm stronger, healthier and happier. And today is killing me as I retrain my brain to eat what I'm supposed when I should be eating it. I'll cheat on my cheat day next Saturday. I can hardly wait. So the point of day one is, before I can fix the rest of my life, I fix this.
I share because someone else might benefit, someone else might realize they're not alone and that some times is helpful. I'm finding my voice but not letting these issues hold me back any longer. I have a plan. I'll be learning new things, going outside my comfort zone. Though I don't plan on running a marathon or climbing Mt. Everest, I will try to train for a 5 K (as long as my back holds out) and I desperately want to take lessons at the American Ninja Warrior Gym I found on-line. Yeah, I'm a fan. Some like reality television, I like me some obstacle courses.
There's more on my list that I'm keeping a secret. But I promise I'll share. I also promise that I'll take into consideration any suggestions as long as they don't involve deep water. I'm terrified and trust me I've tried to overcome that. Or anything that could endanger my back, because I lifted my yoga mat funny and was in pain for three weeks.
Some adventures I'll share with my kids others will be solely my own. In the end, I hope I come out of the stress and anxiety with a greater sense of who I am. Less chaotic, with a greater ability to help my kids, and a plan on how to achieve the dream I've had since I was seven, being a writer. Wish me luck!Continue reading