Perhaps you think I’m greedy, perhaps you know what I mean. I want it all. I want a career that means something to me, a family that’s happy, and time enough to frolic the world, working and playing and blurring the lines between what I do for money, and what I do for love.
I want to be like the turtle in the picture above, first posted on our REVEL LIFE Tumblr. That turtle “knows where it comes from, and knows where it has to go. I think we’re all a little like this turtle, working mightily to make our way home, like that great T.S. Eliot quote from the Wasteland, from “Little Gidding,” the last of the four quartets:
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Where we started, in the world before this one, is a place where we get to have it all. And this place, this place too. It’s a place where who we are, a priori and un-manifest, finally meets the world, and takes on a form that’s never existed before — and that shall never, ever exist again. We are it. Our time is now.
It isn’t an easy place to get to, this Land of Having It All. The road there is littered with obstacles. But we set out anyway — because we want it all, and nothing less will do. Like the women in the picture above, we are originals, we are self-possessed. So carry on, my soul sisters, my soul brothers. Carry on until this life is done.
PAULA PURYEAR is a Lawyer, Film & Television writer, HuffPoster and Founder of Revel In It Mag.