Friday, June 5, 2009

I am woman. Hear me roar...

My boss has exactly 19 more work days to ask what I have coming for the weekend. After that, I'm going to law school.

"Anonymous" posted this link in the comments of a previous post: shimmygurrshimmy.blogspot.com.

Whoever you are: THANK YOU.

Why am I gushing about another blogger with such fervor? Because it gave me a glimmer of hope in the face of despair. "Enjoy life now because you never will again," is just about the only advice law school admissions staff, current law school students and law school spouses have offered. The possibilities of planning a wedding, having a baby or just catching a movie once in a while while slaying the law school dragon were described as complete impossibilities. Now: hope. Hope it's possible to survive law school with your faith, family and sense of fun still in tact.

Here's the proof: After three years of a Provo-based education this blogger is still capable of saying "Hell, yeah" when something is good. She wasn't murdered or tortured by BYU staff for being non-Republican. I like knowing I might come out of three years at BYU and still not know how to scrapbook, play Bunco or put vinyl phrases onto painted craft boards. Scary. I love knowing I could come out with a rocking education, a fantastic relationship, fabulous communication skills and still have a sense of humor. Awesome.

I left feeling energized because let's be honest, the world currently expects a LOT out of us women. As Natalie points out in her post about "The Second Shift," the women's liberation movement gave us more options. But it also gave us more to do. We must be mothers, teachers, chefs, decorators, lawyers, doctors, triathletes and we must do it all well and all at the same time. And then, in all our spare minutes we're supposed to blog about it. Sometimes, I get overwhelmed and I haven't even taken on half of the womanly roles I hope to yet.

So this post and in particular, this tongue-in-cheek response to a Debbie-Downer, was a nice reminder I've got it pretty good, too -- even if I am headed to law school:

(You know, I DO have a really hard life...you know, a champion husband, a healthy body, a supportive fam, a great education, a place to live, decent insurance,
etc....WHOA. Now that I think about it, no one has ever had a baby in harder circumstances. WHAT AM I THINKING???)

My friend Johanna is one of my heroes. We served as mission companions and I've never met anyone so capable of love. She is smart, she is tough and she is going to medical school. Andrea's headed to grad school. Amy is rocking it as a mother. Raquel is teaching and coaching high school students. Kristen's tearing it up in D.C. Emilie's the youngest editor I've ever met. Natalie is rocking the GMAT this weekend. I have amazing, capable, incredible friends who are touching and improving many, many lives. Which is why this post about LDS General Relief Society President Julie B. Beck meant so much to me. This entry reminded me how much I LOVE being a woman in today's world; how much I love being a woman who is also LDS. My generation may be the most privileged group of women to ever live. Ever. Seriously, ladies ... how lucky are we? Temple covenants? Check. Rocking educations and the right to vote? Check. Check. Clean drinking water? Check.

Yup. We've got it all.

7 comments:

Cari said...

You will be amazing in law school! And if it so happens that you have to plan a wedding and having babies while doing so, I'm sure you will be amazing at doing ALL of it! So, include yourself on your list of cool friends.

Anonymous said...

Wow! You read it!!!

You're welcome :)

gurrbonzo said...

Bahaha! I am cracking up. Thanks for your comment that sent me over here. This post is flattering/hilarious.

You are likely to have a love/hate relationship with law school, especially at first, but you will rock it and I bet you'll be surprised at all the delightfully normal classmates you'll have. Feel free to email me if you have any Qs and/or want me to warn you away from the crazy teachers (shimmygurrshimmy at yahoo dot com).

Confession: I DID leave with a vinyl saying on my wall.

I know. I KNOW.

Natalie said...

ROOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAARRRRR!!!

Thanks for your sweet voicemail. I totally love you and was totally lifted up!

Kristen said...

I'll throw you a bone. Perhaps the fact that you want law school to not suck so much will make it not suck as much as it really truly does. Fingers crossed for you.

Sierra said...

Can I just say "Hell yes!" I completely agree with all of this. It's nice to know there are people on your side when everyone else seems against you :-) Go Grad school women!!!

Stephanie said...

i'm her friend in real life.


jealous? you should be.