When you hear the word responsibility, what comes to your mind?
You probably think something along the lines of: “a particular burden or obligation.”
You have a responsibility to your employer to show up on time and do your job.
You have a responsibility to your children to pick them up after school like you said you would.
You have a responsibility to your bank to pay your mortgage on time.
We agree, yes? But, is being responsible always the right thing to do?
For most of my childhood – and adulthood – I thought this word meant something else.
Getting perfect grades while being the best part-time employee
Being the responsible daughter who is also the super cool and protective big sister
Working towards goals that weren’t mine but were “the grown up thing to do”
Ignoring my gut.
And of course, never saying NO.
Haven’t we all struggled with“responsibilities” that don’t actually serve us?
- keep a perfect house
- fix family members’ problems
- work, work, work and put off self care or God forbid….fun
- stay in a job you don’t like because that’s what grownups do
- be a domestic goddess, even if you hate it
- take care of everyone else first
- And do all of this without asking for help and with a smile on your face?
So, what would happen if we started creating a new list of responsibilities? What if being responsible meant something else? Like maybe…
- Saying yes to things you actually want to do – not things you feel you should do
- Listening to your gut, and acting on it
- Making sleep a priority
- Self care is mandatory
- Bring more love and fun to our romantic relationships and friendships
In the comments below, I’d love for you to share one new responsibility you would include on your list.
As always, thanks for reading, and have a fabulous weekend.