I am Woman. Hear me roar …. or aherrmmm multitask

October 9, 2012

Bits and Pieces, For Mum, Parenting

Please don’t ask me why my inner Helen Reddy was belting out this song in the shower this evening. Maybe it’s because I think Helen-baby needs to revise the lyrics to her tune to acknowledge the skill of multitasking somewhere in there. The song is iconic, isn’t it, but maybe we could add a chorus line about the almighty woman-roar being heard above the drone of the dishwasher and washing machine, while the baby’s nappy is being changed and the dinner is on the stove. What do you think?

Bra-burning and unshaven armpits may have sent a loud, clear message in the 70s but I reckon the woman of today is more likely to send her message through doing. Doing lots and lots of things …. in many and varying contexts, often simultaneously and usually doing it all bloody well. And with out so much of a wimper, complaint or brow-wipe. Whilst roaring! We are legends, girls, we really are! We multitask and we do it damn well!

All of this multitasking and roaring however can be a bloody big challenge and a hard, tough gig. Often we soldier on with few complaints, divulging only to our inner circle how difficult things really are and, sometimes, we almost even allude to the reality of it all via cryptic Facebook status updates to our wider group of peeps … but only sometimes.

It’s ok though, and really quite amazing, how all we ladies understand. There’s a certain acknowledgement that comes with a nod of the head, an understanding glance or even the solid hug of a friend. As women, we really do “get it”. The legend of superwoman or supermum is just that, a myth. We can’t necessarily do it all, but by crikey we can do a bloody lot and do it well. With pride and with a super-loud roar.

I. Am. Woman. Hear me roar! Sing along with Helen now, loudly, I want to hear you from here!!

 

 

It’s Tuesday! So, again I’m linking up with Jess from Diary of a SAHM and IBOT!

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photo credit: ROSS HONG KONG via photopin cc (oh ….. but I “touched it up” a little ;))

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20 Responses to “I am Woman. Hear me roar …. or aherrmmm multitask”

  1. Mel Says:

    Love how you “touched up” the photo! Lol
    I agree – as women we do a lot of multi tasking! And we do it well!! :)

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    • Shari Says:

      Hey Mel! I hope my little and discreet “touch up” doesn’t distract from the artist’s original intention? ;)
      Hope you have a great multitasking day! x

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  2. Lydia C. Lee Says:

    You’ve just given me an earworm! I was singing it in the shower and then realised….argh!

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    • Shari Says:

      Ooooops Lydia, I’m sorry ;) It is a classic earworm song though, isn’t it. If you’re like me, it sounds sensational sung in the shower loudly and proudly! x

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  3. Grace Says:

    I remember my feminist Yr.9 English teacher made us sit down in class and listen to this and analyse the lyrics :)
    She should’ve gone one step further and made us write our own verse (although the 2 guys in the class would’ve been bored! :))
    I used to be great at multi-tasking while I was in the corporate world – tapping at the computer with land line phone cradled under the chin and using free hand to check the mobile. Insane.
    Funnily enough, I’m not so good on the domestic front. Or at least, I don’t think I am because I never feel I’m on top of it! :) x

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    • Shari Says:

      Lol, yes I could imagine the couple of the boys in the class not being so enthusiastic about that task ;)
      Grace, I know exactly what you mean about never feeling on top of it, because it’s exactly during that type of moment that it strikes me how much us women/mums/household CEOs do without even realising it. And then more, so of course it’s easy to feel like things are all over the shop. The multitasking skills needed to just keep a household afloat would command a sweet penny in the corporate world!

      I bet you are much more on top of it than you feel … I bet we all are ;) x

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  4. Catherine Rodie Blagg (Cup of Tea and a Blog) Says:

    It’s one of my all time favourite songs and a my number one choice for karaoke! I can really belt it out!

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    • Shari Says:

      A couple of beverages and a microphone and we have us a duet, Catherine! It’s that kind of belt-out-loud number, isn’t it!

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  5. bachelormum Says:

    Hmmm i fail at multi-tasking all the time and that’s when i roar because everything collapses around me. On saying that though I am all for the independent strong woman. I don’t always feel like it and that’s ok too, but it’s a nice goal to aim for once in a while.

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    • Shari Says:

      Oh yes, of course it’s more than ok to not always feel on top of it all – it’s quite often that it all gets overwhelming but for me, that’s probably the time that I do stand back and think, “you know what? it IS ok! look how much more actually gets done than doesn’t”.

      I bet you don’t really fail at multi-tasking all the time you know, but I get how it can be when it feels that way. Hope you get a chance to sing this out loud in the shower tonight ;)
      xx

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  6. Josefa @always Josefa Says:

    Yes, we do do everything, and we roar! But are we doing too much?

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    • Shari Says:

      Hi Josefa, that’s a really great point!! Maybe we are doing too much, and I know at the end of an exhausting day or week it certainly feels like it.
      Where does the pressure come from though? I’m certainly aware of the need to not try and be everything to everyone, but just in the course of day to day living I really think that we’re much better at juggling things and getting the job done then we give ourselves credit for.
      Thanks heaps for your input on this – such a valid and important point to ponder xx

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  7. Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions Says:

    Sing it sister! I love this post, every word of it rings so true!

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    • Shari Says:

      Hi Kylez and thanks so much sister ;)
      I’ve been singing it all day now it’s been implanted!
      Great to have you call by xx

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  8. Jacana Says:

    Fantastic post – I am roaring or should I say singing along as I post my comment. I am strong, I am woman.

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    • Shari Says:

      Hi Jacana – I’m sure I heard you, you know, and it sounded awesome!! Thanks so much for calling by, great to share your roar! xx

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  9. Alice Says:

    Hehe love the image! I’m afraid that I let the side down. I’m not very good at multi-tasking. I can do it when it comes to playing instruments that you hit, just not when it comes to stuff at home. The kids are in bed, and I’m listening to some lovely music while I read through some IBOT posts. Does that count?

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