I'm finding myself stuck in a rut lately. I want to blame it on the horrific financial situation my husband and I have been in for the better part of two years now. I want to blame it on the complete douche my husband works for. I want to blame it on pretty much every stupid, petty thing I can possibly lay thought on.
I'm learning, though, that it's not about the money and not about the douchey boss (although I'm not making that up.. that guy is like Michael Scott and Bill Lumbergh made a baby and dropped it on it's head... A LOT). It's about me. It's about beating myself up for years. It's about letting every small thing affect my motivation, my style, my attitude and my happiness.
I think back to my senior year of high school. I found myself young and pregnant. I knew college wasn't going to be in the cards. I didn't really know what to expect and I sure as hell didn't have a plan. I just knew that I would have to take care of that baby and do a damn good job.
My oldest son was born before my senior year was over. I finished my classes at home with tutors and I was able to graduate with my class. Everyone was so proud of me. Hell, I was proud of me. A couple of months after graduation I got myself a job (not that I hadn't worked before, but this job was for a purpose greater than extra money for school clothes and movies) and with in my son's first year of life, I had an apartment, a car and a crap load of self respect. That doesn't mean it was easy, but I was happy with my life. I was doing it. I was living my life and taking good care of my son.
I think that's the hardest thing to cope with today. I did it then, why can't I do it now? The easy answer is that I don't have just one baby anymore. I have a husband and five children. That's a lot of mouths to feed. I watch my husband suffer daily at his job and feel helpless. I can't do anything to save him. My role is taking care of our kids. It's an important job, but I'm the type of person that wants to be the savior. I want to help everyone. I want to fix everything. That's a lot of fucking pressure to put on myself. It's no wonder I've kind of become a nut job.
But the world keeps moving. My kids are growing up. Another year passes by. I keep getting older. In all these years though, I have never recovered that faith in myself. That confidence I had when I was 18 and 19. I've been trying to get my photography business off the ground and although I enjoy taking photos, I still haven't found my niche. I think it's mainly because I lack confidence. I lack confidence in myself and I lack faith in my own abilities. I do somehow manage to turn out good photos and I do get business, but I think that this isn't really going to take off for me until I truly know who I am. I have to somehow get back to that old me. Not go into the past, but rediscover the strong person I used to be. I have a lot to offer and I have a lot to say. I just need to stop doubting myself and I need to remember that I'm no superhero and I shouldn't keep trying to be one. I'm just Cathy Broz. I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a photographer. I'm a person who likes to teach herself how to do new things. What the hell is wrong with that?
I hate writing sappy shit and being all serious here, but in struggling with this blog and keeping it alive I've found that I have to just be myself. And this is it folks. Bad moods, good moods, bitch on wheels. At the end of the day, I truly have to figure this out... for myself for sure, but definitely for these guys....