By Linda Aaker
Although the explicit info are just one woman's reviews, this booklet is, in a feeling, the tale of each girl who got here of age before everything of the women's stream within the 70s. It chronicles the win/loss cycles confronted via any girl who chooses to have either occupation and family.
Entry from 1978: whilst I learn of toxins and inflation and Rhodesia and Nicaragua, chills runs down my physique and i am scared, deliberating the area to come back, my very own monetary lack of confidence, and even if i actually are looking to deliver a baby into this global. what is going to take place to me if i do not turn into extra dependable? it is all superb to be a tender “hippie-type” bureaucrat/lawyer. yet will that be sufficient at fifty, and with the accountability for one more person? no longer monstrous concerns, yet sobering concepts in the middle of my life-for-the-moment world.
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If you tell a few select people your visions, they crystallize and Page 32 seem not so far fetched. Yes, I'd like to be AG. What do I need in order to do so? More solid lawyering experience and a political base. But I don't really want to be the candidate; I want to be the candidates' best friend/wife. Is that a cop-out? Why have a specific career goal? 1. It's more fun to control that aspect of my life than to be controlled. 2. It's fun/challenging to make the decisions and know they have impact for the good I want to see done.
5. Having long intimate talks with friends. 6. Swimming, if I can get in shape. I have ambition without a definite goal. I think I want either a profession which has no outward definitions of success or else one which entirely does. February 1, 1977 Being in therapy is like getting marriedif one knew ahead of time what triumphs and heartaches were involved, one might think Page 18 twice and not do it. Today I understood for the first time that I was "in therapy" and not just seeing Paul to get through a difficult time.
Can I tell Doris Lessing that I almost lost my life to lists? August 29, 1977 1. I think I'm falling a little bit in love with Tim. At least sometimes I think of him and smile. 2. Realization that I normally associate love with pain. Or at least attach the words "in-love" with the dreadful feeling of anticipation of rejection. 3. The pattern repeats. I am involved with one person whom I let keep me from opening up my life the way I want it. But damn it. Who cares? It's my life and I'll order it as I please!