From a UK article – They have it all… so why is it so hard for some women to be happy?
What is it women want? This is the question they (and, most likely, men) ask themselves all the time. Across the country every day, women say to themselves: ‘What happened to me? Where did my life go wrong?’
Men try to make us happy, but end up doing all the wrong things: they buy the wrong birthday presents, book the wrong type of treat, buy their wife the lingerie she doesn’t want to wear. Meanwhile, women look at their lives and think: ‘There must be more than this.’
Even those women who seem to have everything – husband, children, a healthy, happy lifestyle – ask themselves on a daily basis: ‘Why am I so bored?’ We are all, it seems, struggling with the fact that we feel dissatisfied – almost on an epidemic level.
When I talk to people, mainly women, no one seems happy with their lot. It’s as if their perception of who they should be has not matched up to the reality.
As my friend Clare told me the other day: ‘I think I’ve spent the past 40 years working out who I am and what I want, and now I’ve found it, I don’t know that I even want it.’
The article is lengthy but interesting. It’s obviously not written from a biblical perspective. But it got me to thinking about why women do seem so unhappy nowadays. I think it is a multi-faceted answer and not simply the fact that they bought into feminism. I think it is far more complicated than that.
I’m heading to bed so I think I’ll just throw this out here for discussion and see where we end up!
Are you happy? What makes your life satisfying? What is missing? What makes the greatest difference in your life in terms of being happy and satisfied? Are the women you know around you happy and satisfied with their lives? Do you see any difference in the lives of those who love Christ and those who don’t? Does the church contribute to the problem or offer solutions? How much does age factor into this? What are the other major factors?