Have you ever been in a conversation with someone - and they say something so profound, so dead-on, something that touches you in your core - that you stop what you're doing and just stand there with a stupid look on your face?
That's exactly what happened to me the other day. I was riding in the car talking to my sister. We were discussing why so many more women today have children without a traditional family. They make the decision - I want a child - I want to be a mother - whether there is a husband or guy at all. Often times, there isn't. Modern technology makes is easier with sperm banks and other options for women to say "I'm not going to miss this - I want to experience motherhood" no matter what their relationship status.
I was just curious as to the motivation - what drives these women to make this choice? To bring children into their world?
My sister thought for second and said, "I think it's because so many women feel alone in the world."
Wow - I almost couldn't speak - I felt this phrase so powerfully in my solar plexus.
"so many women feel alone in the world."
It was one of those profound truths that just knocks you flat. Perhaps because I felt it personally, but also because I think I tapped into some universal pain.
Women want children in their lives so there is someone to share their lives with - someone who will take care of them - someone they can build a family with, a community with.
And something clicked inside my little pea brain. There is a TV commercial for Weight Watchers that I believe is brilliant. The first time I saw it it practically jumped out at me. The copy was so dead on - the images - but the music.......I thought the music was an odd choice - it was Cher's "Song for the Lonely". (Yes - I am a Cher fan - I am secretly a gay man) I thought - why would they have a song with lyrics about being lonely??
"so many women feel alone in the world"