The other day, author Talli Roland ( The Hating Game) launched her second book Watching Willow Watts with a celebration and a web splash. Her question: If I could be anyone, I’d be…
Well, that’s easy. I’d be Wonder Woman.
No, really. Who wouldn’t want super strength, super speed, and a super duper jet plane—that’s INVISIBLE? Okay, maybe not everybody, but I strive for Wonder Woman wowsomeness on a daily basis.
And fail repeatedly.
For those of you with frequent bouts of Beat Yourself Up Syndrome and daily attempts at achieving Superhero status, let me tell you a story.
Last week was crazytown and I had
Then came the Campaigner’s challenge. It called for a 200-word flash fiction. Something I enjoy doing. But also something that takes time. Something I knew I wouldn’t allow on my blog until I’d polished it sixty-four times.
But it would give me the opportunity to write—something I haven’t done a whole lot of since I finished Franken-novel back in August.
And then I thought about my massive, overwhelming to-do list.
And, I snapped.
I felt the demands of my job and had a katrillion and two places to go and be. Then I cursed at my daughter (something I swore I’d NEVER do), and realized I forgot to pack my son’s snack two days in a row. His response to my three hundred apologies didn’t help: “It’s okay, Mommy. I really wasn’t hungry then (at snack time) anyway.”
Cue incessant sobbing.
Ever have days like that (Say yes, I know I’m not the only one). Ever have weeks like that?
I love just about everything I do. Most of it is “fun busy.” I love that my children play soccer. I love that my husband coaches it. I love critiquing other people’s work. I love writers conferences. I love blogging, and I love, love, love working with YA Confidential. I love my students (okay, most of them), and most days I really do enjoy my job.
I don’t set out to be super mom. I’m just terribly selfish and frankly, I want to do it all.
And some days my limited super powers dictate that I can’t.
So I said no to something. That first campainger’s challenge. I didn’t write my 200-word flash fiction.
And I felt like a huge disappointment.
Mostly to myself.
But I had to. It was a decision I wrestled with amidst the millions of other things I was doing. And finally it came down to me asking,
What Would Wonder Woman Do?
Honestly, Wonder Woman would probably have my weekly to-do list done in an hour, but I’d like to think she might do some of these things too:
1) Chill. There are times even Wonder Woman can’t save the day. There are moments when the bad guys win (temporarily). Times where she needs to breathe, refocus, and then kick some Giganta ass.
2) Ask for help. Ever watch The Justice League? Wonder Woman didn’t always battle the baddies solo mundo. This is something I have a lot of trouble with. But I’m working on it.
3) Prioritize, yo. Wonder Woman’s got some super sonic speed, but she can’t save everyone at the same time. So faced with the car dangling off the ravine, the baddie on the other side of town who’s juicing up his laser, and the cat in the tree, she’s gotta figure out who gets saved first, right? Me too.
4) Use her lasso and compel the truth out of people. Okay, I really don’t know how that one would help me—it just sounds cool.
5) Remember what’s most important. Her people on Themyscira. Her friends.
6) And if all else fails, summon the Invisible Airplane (I so want one), fly away, and let the world function without you for a little while. So irresponsible. But sometimes so necessary.
PS—years back, I snatched this book off the shelves because the title so described me. The pages described me. Just about every word described me. Kate Reddy’s my freaking twin.
And the movie premieres today. Check out the trailer. I KNOW some of you can relate.
I won’t spoil the ending for you, but the book has the kind of ending I’m aiming for. See the movie or read the book. You’ll understand.
BTW, I didn't write this post for people to feel sorry for me or not want to ask me to do things or whatever. I wrote it because I KNOW that a lot of my blog peeps have days like this. So I'm here to tell you to have a great weekend! Go out and save the world! But don’t forget—you’re only human. Just do the best you can.
If YOU could be anyone, who would YOU be?