I've been thinking about five women, of whom I am one, today. We are all the same age. We were all at the same university at the same time. Different subjects, obviously, but broadly, you could say back then that we were similar, or at least had the same opportunities. All of us went straight into further education or jobs on graduating.
Now, over fifteen years later, between us we have nine children and four husbands.
Two of us are employed full time. One of us is a full time mother. One works part time, and one is trying to find a job where the interviewers will ask her about her skills (many) and experience (vast) rather than how she's going to manage picking her children up from school and cooking her husband's supper.
One lives in a tiny village. Two in small towns. Two in cities.
One of us was decorated in the New Year's Honours.
One, the only one I don't know personally (although some of the others do), is a FTSE100 chief executive.
Two of us have fish. One of us has a dog.
One travels widely. One hasn't had a holiday in over 18 months.
Some read, some knit. Some sing, some go to the gym. Three write blogs. None has as much time for herself as she would like.
All of us, I suspect, have moments where we want some of what the others have.
None of us has it all.
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