Friday, November 12, 2010

Women that drink...cheers

The other day I was out with some of my girlfriends and an interesting topic came up, why women today drink so much more than past generations? I do, my friends do, and statistics back it up. During our round table over double vodkas and tequila shots, we all agreed being a modern woman today is…stressful. Even if you are completely happy with your life, women today face different challenges our past generations did not have to. Whether single or married, with or with out kids, employed or unemployed, career mom or stay at home mom, we all face the same problem…trying to balance it all. As women, we are natural perfectionists. And that means we try to be perfect in every facet of our lives. Add this to our already full plates. We still have the responsibilities they had, with home and family. But now we have added pressures, such as getting a college degree, having a “career” (not just a job), having a female boss who is on the same cycle as you (and hers automatically trumps yours), fear of losing that career, working longer hours, sleeping less, being laid off and having to look for a job in this market , global health and natural disaster, looking like that air-brushed celebrity, losing your baby weight in 3 months like said celebrity, keeping up with technology and new devices (there’s –a-new-i-phone-every-month-and-everyone-seems-to-own-one-but-me-syndrome), comparing your life to “reality shows”  like ‘The Real Housewives’ or ‘My Super Sweet (Spoiled) Sixteen’ (instead of ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘I Love Lucy’), being more successful or making more money than your spouse, resorting to finding love on dating websites, the price of a salon visit, the price of gas, the price of food, the price of EVEYTHING! No wonder we drink. Every one of my friends is going through something stressful in their life right now. As a nation, we are hung over looking to get drunk again-the champagne bubble of the 80’s and 90’s has burst, the high that came with living large is gone, the martini glass of excessive cash flow and spending has dried up, and the punch drunk face of America is now a mean drunk. We are all coping by turning our attentions back to the simple things in life, but the continued uncertainty lingers like a shadow. And so we drink (responsibly of course). We drink to bond, to forget, to unwind, to relax, and to stay sane. I say cheers my sisters, have that glass of wine, you deserve it!


renata said...

Amen sista! My favorite one so far. When is the next happy hour? lol :) xoxo

renata said...

Amen sista! My favorite one so far. When is the next happy hour? lol xoxo