Motherhood is one of the best and hardest things I have ever done. It’s trying and rewarding, taxing and life giving. People always ask me if I miss being an air traffic controller and my answer is always no. But one thing I do miss is knowing what I’m doing. It was easy. I knew what to do, and I was good at it. Motherhood is totally different. I don’t know what I’m doing, and I am winging it every single day.
We are being tested as moms even more during this time of quarantine this year. More is required of us, and we are spending way more time with our kids. It’s trying, and frankly sometimes it sucks. But we will never get this time back. They will soon enough be grown and gone and we wont seen them every single day. Ackowledge that sometimes it sucks, and then move into gratitude for those babies. They truly give us so much more than we could ever hope for. There is nothing else in life that can give us these stregnths and levels of growth.
So stinking much to appreciate this Mother’s Day, but these are my top reasons to love the heck out of motherhood.
Strength. It takes so much strength to be a mom. Pregnancy and childbirth require so much physical strength that I have drawn on so many times to get through so many other things. So often when I am running and its hard, I think – I gave birth to two babies. One of those times I had no medication. Running these few miles is nothing.
Living in the present. Kids are always fully present. They just live in the moment. One of the biggest gifts we can take from them is to spend some time living in the moment with them. To put it all down and just be. Just play. Look for lizards or ladybugs. Have a tea party. Build a fort to hide from the monster.
A reason. They are the reason to keep going on any hard day. The reason for every workout, every veggie I put in my mouth. Every morning that I wake up at 4 am to work on this blog or myself, they are the reason. So many things in life are hard, but having a reason bigger than yourself makes them possible.
Getting to be a kid again. I now get to play with all the toys again. Re-watch all the kids movies. Laugh at the silliest things. Seeing life through a child’s eyes is so beyond amazing.
This Mother’s Day may look a little bit different, but remember what it means. It’s not the presents or the brunch. It’s not the ‘time off’. It’s the gifts of strength, power, and compassion that we are gifted when we become moms that matter the most.
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