May 1

Superwoman or Wonder Woman?

Superwoman or Wonder Woman?

By Deborah Johnson

May 1, 2018

expectations, Fear, Goals, imposter, mindsets, personal development, positive self talk

Ah, the life of a Superwoman! She pops out of bed singing It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the song she remembers playing most every morning while raising her perfect children. Since her complexion is flawless, our superwoman splashes a bit of water on her face to add some color to her cheeks before heading off to the gym.

Of course while working out, she hardly sweats and looks perfect in her compression leggings. Arriving home, our superwoman cooks a power-breakfast with one hand while answering emails and texts on her closest device. What? This isn’t realistic you say? You think the real superwoman is just waking up to pour her first cup of java by now?

Wonder Woman

Let’s move on to Wonder Woman and see how she does, if any better. Linda Carter, just received her Hollywood star this month, the original Wonder Woman on T.V. between 1975 and 1979. As Wonder Woman, her hair was always perfect, her superpowers always prevailed and her sense of justice never wavered. Linda, as a former beauty queen, lassoed a series that set her up for life. However, Wonder Woman’s optimism and belief that mankind is inherently good comes to a screeching halt with a heavy dose of human awareness as she struggles with her own identity.

Enjoli Woman

Right about this time, the Enjoli Woman from the 1980’s also appeared in T.V. advertisements. Anyone remember her? She could bring home the bacon, fry it in a pan and never let you forget you’re a man! A good dose of reality says this is not the case at all for women. In fact, a woman’s life tends to be quite complicated with hormonal changes, relationship changes and shifts in purpose and career.

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The Real Superwoman

The real live Superwoman balances life when she’s had very little sleep, maneuvering through multiple pregnancies with a belly larger than a beach ball. (Resulting in stretch marks!) Then she balances young kids with all their activities while coordinating her own stressful job. Her patience grows thin as she not only juggles her own self-expectations but assumptions of others, including a spouse.

What about all that perfect hair with superpowers that show up on a moment’s notice? Those are only Hollywood’s portrayal of a Super or Wonder Woman.  The real Superwoman is real, authentic and faces her own mental demons and lack of confidence.

However, our Superwoman also defends those she loves with fierceness and is committed to a strong purpose and mission. She may seem a bit dishelved and tired, but she gathers strength and beauty from a close circle of strong relationships and higher power. This woman knows she doesn’t have to live a perfect life to live a life of great impact and significance.

Superwomen at Halftime

In fact, a Superwoman is what I believe most women are, or at least they strive to be especially during Halftime. They balance multiple relationships, many now sandwiched between grown children and aging parents, multiple jobs and mindsets. Women at Halftime are especially vulnerable to self-doubt as they work to regain footing and focus for their future. Those are the women I love working with. I know what it feels like to change course, to lose those you love and to readjust mission and purpose.

As many men read my posts and articles, don’t discount yourself from the focus on Superwoman. Many of you are spouses, friends and even struggle with many of the same issues of a Woman at Halftime. I encourage you to take the time to climb your own Hero Mountain™ successfully and encourage the Superwomen in your life!  Be the superhero you are!

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About the author

DEBORAH JOHNSON, M.A., creator of Hero Mountain® and former president of Los Angeles National Speakers Association, is an international award-winning music artist, author, speaker and National Media Commentator. She also hosts the popular podcast "Women at Halftime." Deborah provides tools to create your ideal lifestyle and work at mid-career or during the halftime of life, getting unstuck. You can live your second half fulfilled, focused and free! Up for multiple GRAMMY Awards and spending over 20 years in the entertainment industry, she's an expert on how to constantly reinvent yourself in a gig-economy. She is also the recipient of the Women's Economic Forum Exceptional Women of Excellence Award. Deborah is the author of multiple books, over twenty albums and musicals and speaks and performs in both live and virtual events.

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