Thursday, July 26, 2007

The forks in my less traveled road

Brushing aside (with a dramatic sweeping motion) the dozens of ultimately unimportant mini daily battles I muddle through in a week, I present to you my overarching always-in-the-back-of-my-mind struggles:

Am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing?
I’m not sure if I’m doing what I was put on Earth to do. On good days I think I must be on the right track. On not so good days I wonder how I’m supposed to even recognize the right track if it comes over, introduces itself and vigorously shakes my hand.

Incidentally, this feeling of having a greater mission isn’t an ego thing. It comes from a fundamental sense of un-religious faith, and I think it applies to everyone.

What about my parents?
As an immigrant, a part of you always wonders if you’re going to go back home, even if when you do you know home is no longer there. And I know that my primal assignment was to make my own way. But I think a lot about the (barely imaginable, practically unbearable) day my parents will no longer be able to take care of themselves.

The fact that my husband thinks a lot about the very same thing and that his parents live 5,948 miles in the opposite direction compounds the complexity of the situation. (Early on, we wrote and signed an indelible, invisible, life-binding cosmic contract that we weren’t going anywhere without the other, ever. This unfortunately excludes short business trips. Apparently, I neglected to read the small print.)

Should I have kids?
Kids change everything, and I’m so, so happy with my life just the way it is. But, a childless life, stretching far into forever? Arg. I just don’t know. And of course, in this not knowing limbo, I am running out of time.

By the way, the fact that you think your own kids are the center of your universe and that you feel they make everything worth anything doesn’t help me at all. Struggles are deeply personal. Only I know what will work for me, and as I find what that is, I won’t impose it on you.

So, what next?

I've resolved to follow my mother's advice and take it all one day at a time. And, to follow Yogi Berra’s advice: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

7 comments:

Miguel Cane said...

Dear Dushka,

I can relate. Wholly. In all three aspects. Not only in the matter of my life choice, my vocation as it were, but also regarding the parents, being an immigrant and having children (yes, I've entertained the tought of having one, at least, somewhere along the line).

I agree with the advice given by Carol (one of the wisest women I've come to know): take it in stride.

People will tell you where they've gone, they'll sometimes tell you what to do, but until you get there yourself you never really know.

Where some have found their heaven, other just come to crash.

Dear Dushka, this is not a false alarm. It's just the way we live now. Go on living, learning, and creating.

Life is here. Is now. You've done great so far. I am sure you will continue to excel.

With much love, as ever,
M

Anonymous said...

Hi Dushka--I'm so happy that you talked about kids...Like you I can't make up my mind. Motherhood would take a lot of my time and there are so many things that I would like to do and try... Difficult decision to make. Have a great weekend. Micaela

Dushka said...

Miguel - thank you. The here and now is pretty good!
Micaela - oh, good. Indecision loves company!

sencho said...

Dushka, I can wait to see your kids! But we would feel really jealous, I guess :) (speaking for all your current kids now)

Dushka said...

Arseny, if we ever get to that point I'll make room in my heart for all of you. :)

Tessitore di Sogno said...

Let's take chances in life, since they barely come twice!

Carol Miller said...

As a mother (yours, in fact) I may remind you of John Lennon: "Life is what happens while you're making other plans." It's hard to make other plans when you have young children, and you have the bases covered without them. If you had them you wouldn't even have time to miss Luca so much.
OJO: to Miguel, thanks for considering me wise. I hope to live up to everyone's expectations.