“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” —Viktor Frankl
A few years ago, after a serious bout of vertigo actually landed me in the ICU, I was instructed to start practicing my balance. “Stand for at least one minute on each foot,” I was told. “It’s important not only to regain your balance, but to keep it so you can move forward.” Great, I thought to myself. Here’s that balance thing again.
As a young journalist and mother, I often heard that I should pursue “balance.” It was the holy grail. Being told to achieve balance while juggling four young kids, a career, a marriage, and aging parents left me feeling anything but. What I felt instead was unbalanced, unsuccessful, and unseen.