For some reason, I believe I come from this far away planet (the same one Diddy is from) where people do not need sleep, a well-balanced breakfast, a moment to do just nothing, and especially (this is my favorite) don’t need help from others. Because of this mentality, I’ve proclaimed myself to be the sole person to take care of my newborn son at night as his father sleeps peacefully in our bed. From 12am to 8am, IV and I are deliriously in the trenches together. Although his father is very good at tending to our son once he gets off work, I automatically felt like I didn’t need sleep like he does. All because he must wake up in the morning to go to work. When the truth is, we’re BOTH going to work. My job is just at home taking care of our son. And for those who have children, you know that I’m not watching movies and taking naps all day. (Although that is how I thought I would spend my maternity leave prior to my maternity leave -___- .)
One night I reached a point of no return. IV had been awake but half sleep, whining and fussing since the last time I fed him which was two hours ago. Any moment now, he would need to be fed again. My nipple kept popping in and out his mouth because I was falling asleep while he was in my hands (Dangerous I know, but it happens to all mothers) This is not only frustrating me but imagine IV’s confused chubby face.
So I warmed a bottle, put on his bib, woke up his father, and handed him right over. Imagine his confusion being abruptly woken up in the middle of the night for the first time. He was reluctant, but I was adamant about getting some sleep.
“That night I put aside the lie that I have been believing for far too long.. I can do everything.”
No matter how exhausted, stressed, or overwhelmed I am, I can push through and still be successful.
But that’s not true is it? We can’t do everything and be a good girlfriend, daughter, entrepreneur, mother, sister or friend. You can’t function at your best if you are not getting what you need.
The motto is go hard or go home. For anyone that can remember it, Diddy used to have a show called Making the Band, and he would come in the middle of night, like 3am, and wake everyone up in the most dramatic way. He would make this speech about why aren't they practicing, why they don’t need sleep, and how he hasn't slept in years. I must admit, with the success he's had, sleep was probably last on his things to do.
This idea of burn yourself out in order to be successful is a popular belief in our society.
We are to neglect the quality of our lives in order to be successful. Well starting now, I’m totally against that belief.
“You don’t have to be miserable up until you’re successful.”
You’re much better at the things you do and who you are when take care of yourself. The people around you are happier and so are you. You’re not living in a personal jail cell beating yourself up about how you could’ve done more if you had not slept that long, went out with your friends, enjoyed that night of Netflix binging, or talked with your girlfriend for hours about nothing and everything.
The road to success is long and unpredictable. Is it so wrong to make it more enjoyable by nurturing all aspects of your life (emotional, social, and physical) instead of only financial?
We all need different things in life to feel fulfilled and whole. Stop allowing society to tell you that the more you do, the better you are, the closer you are to success. It’s complete hogwash.
A successful life is a whole life complete with all parts of us living out fully each and every day. Don’t just work on financial success. Work on a successful life. When it’s all said and done, isn’t that what we’re actually chasing?