A few posts back I was naming a few of my inadequacies and my cousin commented "What are you talking about Natalie? You are like superwoman from what I have been reading..." While I appreciated the complement, it made me laugh. I am not a superwoman. I am so so far from that. Superwomen do not find graham crackers in their bras at the end of the day. Superwomen think about important things like politics and world peace. Right now, my thoughts hover around my next chance at sleep, chocolate and trying to keep my baby from peeing all over me. Superwomen brush their teeth before noon. Superwomen don't have to move 7 loads of laundry off of their beds in order to sleep at night. I definitely don't feel like superwoman. I do certain things well, and fail miserably at others. Just like every woman.
I have a good friend who told me once that she doesn't read blogs because they make her feel inadequate. That amazed me as just being around this woman makes me feel inadequate. She seems so together. I guess I can see her point though. You read 10 cooking blogs and at the end, instead of being inspired, it reminds you how mundane your menu is. You read 5 style blogs and suddenly your wardrobe is embarrassing. You read your favorite commentary blogs and it makes you realize how you can never articulate yourself that well. You read a few mommy blogs and you start thinking how you never make bird cages out of Popsicle sticks with your kids and you never embellish your daughter's t-shirts with handmade flowers.
I can see how blogging could make someone feel inadequate. However, I don't see blogging that way. I figure that the girls who have great style blogs probably are looking at the cooking blogs wishing they could cook. The crafty bloggers are reading the commentary blogs and wishing they knew how to write. The commentary bloggers are surrounded by chaos as they write their thoughts on life in between reading blogs on organization.
We are women. We have talents and we have failings. I am a far cry from a super anything, but I am trying to be a super Natalie. My blog is just a small extension of that effort. A place to acknowledge the things I enjoy and the things that I think about. Blogs can allow us to show parts of ourselves that may have no other medium to be shared. I am inspired my my friend Amy's garden and the way she shares that experience with her sons. I am in awe (and yes, slightly jealous) of my friend Randi's ability to capture her family on film. I am entertained my my friend Katie's continual sass, style and wit. I could fill pages of the things that I enjoy when I read other women's blogs. What I like the most is that they show parts of a woman that we otherwise might never get to see. Instead of the days when women were hidden away in the kitchen, we can be everywhere. Instead of being alone, we can be united. Even in our kitchens if we choose. (Just don't use blogging as an opportunity to judge and criticise. It kind of defeats the purpose. Way too high school.)
I'm just saying, I like what you are all posting. It makes me happy that there are more superwomen/total failures out there...just like me.