Saturday, February 12, 2011

Oprah Makes Me Tired

One of my favorite rewards for braving the crowds at CostCo is their amazing $1.50 hotdog and a soda paired with whatever magazine I've purchased at 30% off (at which point you have to purchase at least one). More often then not that magazine is Oprah (and/or InStyle).

(And no, I don't want to hear from anyone about 'do you know what is in a hotdog?'. I do, I don't care, and it's not the focus of this post so move on.)

The last several issues of the magazine have been titled: What's Your True Calling?, What's Your Next Chapter?, and now Imagine!. I know she wants to be inspirational and that she herself beat the odds with little or no help from anyone to get where she is and I DO respect that. It just makes me really really tired. I read the columns by earnest authors, take the quizzes, and read the articles about women who believed in themselves and became millionaires without having to sell their souls (or sleep with a skeevy old dude like some of the Real Housewives).

I've made a vision board, chanted affirmations as I drove to work, expressed gratitude to the universe every night before falling asleep, asked and believed and so far there’s been no great awakening of knowing what is my purpose in life. An Aha moment for me is finding a box of cookies in the pantry when I thought we were out.

I’m left feeling decidedly un-Oprah like. I should want to be: fighting to find solutions to climate change, working in the gulf  cleaning oil drenched wildlife, or helping to empower little girls so they don’t end up like Lindsey Lohan or on Teen Moms. Instead, all I really want is a nice little part-time job that pays reasonably well where my degree and experience will be respected and appreciated. That, and to have health benefits, be financially secure, and travel to Tuscany/Costa Rica/Paris before I need a walker. I'm not sure any of those count as a purpose but they're all I've come up with so far.

So I may have to take a break because I'm pretty sure I can't absorb anymore Oprah-isms without starting to hate myself. Oprah, you keep doing what you do but I need a nap.

3 comments:

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

Oh, I do like this post - and I agree!
I'm all for believing in yourself, and striving/working hard to see a dream blossom into reality; and I know that this can happen with lots of determination and dedication. But goodness, she does go on and on about it. And on and on and on...

Great post - and great topic to get all fired up about on a lovely Saturday morning!

x

MultipleMum said...

It really does depend on your mood doesn't it? Sometimes I read those magazines and get all excited and grateful and other times it's like 'that's right. Let's all save the world from poverty in our lunch hour'! I hope the PT job has fallen in your lap and you are planning your trip to Paris. Thanks for Rewinding x

Toushka Lee said...

yay for that box of cookies you didn't know you had. hurrah!

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