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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)

TITLE: My Purpose In Life
By Debbie Thorkildsen
06/08/09


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My life feels so empty, yet it is so full of activity. Most days, I feel like Iím living the movie, ďGroundhog Day.Ē Every day is the same, yet full of its own tasks. I have four children so there is always cooking, laundry and cleaning for six people. Then there is helping with homework and driving to dance classes or friendís houses to drop someone off or to pick someone up. There has to be more to life than just getting through the day and being glad another one is over. There has to be more to life than just endless years of this. What is my purpose in life?

I feel blessed to have my family and to be able to stay home and raise them, yet there is a longing in my heart for fulfillment. Iíve always wanted to be a mother and I love my children, but I want more out of life. I feel so stuck just going through the motions, cleaning up messes, turning out clean loads of laundry and preparing the next meal. Then helping with homework and driving to dance classes or friendís houses to drop someone off or to pick someone up. There has to be more to life than just endless years of this. What is my purpose in life?

I love being a wife and I have a good husband, but I want more than just living in the same house, watching a movie together once in a while, or the occasional date night out. I always have to return to the cooking, laundry and cleaning for six people. There is also helping with homework and driving to dance classes or friendís houses to drop someone off or to pick someone up. There has to be more to life than just endless years of this. What is my purpose in life?

I have some really wonderful friends. I can call them or get together with them anytime. Sometimes we laugh until the tears are streaming down our faces. These are really memorable times. We goof around and have a lot of fun, but the next day, there is still cooking, laundry and cleaning for six people. Then there is helping with homework and driving to dance classes or friendís houses to drop someone off or to pick someone up. Itís Groundhog day again. There has to be more to life than just endless years of this. What is my purpose in life?

I try to take care of myself so I will be able to take care of my family. I do my best to keep fit and healthy. When I do have some free time for myself, I do some exercises or take a nap to catch up on some much needed rest. After I complete my exercise program or when I wake up from my nap, there is always more cooking, laundry and cleaning for six people. Then there is helping with homework and driving to dance classes or friendís houses to drop someone off or to pick someone up. Itís Groundhog day again. There has to be more to life than just endless years of this. What is my purpose in life?

I know there are women who would do almost anything to be in my position. I know there are women who long to be a wife and mother, to have a happy family and home of their own. I know there are women who could even enjoy the cooking, laundry and cleaning for six people. They would even enjoy helping with homework and driving to dance classes or friendís houses to drop someone off or to pick someone up. My life just feels so empty, yet it is so full of activity. Why canít I be happy living Groundhog day everyday? Why canít I enjoy endless years of this? Maybe this is my purpose in life.


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Glynis Becker 06/14/09
We mothers definitely don't get to take days off, do we? I had hoped by the last paragraph to see some ray of hope in this piece, but sometimes this is exactly what life feels like. Thank you for sharing.