A few weeks ago I watched a movie called Motherhood with Uma Thurman playing the role of a stay at home mum with two children. She was a writer before she had children, a very good one, but somehow lost her way. Amongst all the baby poop and visits to the park…. she finds herself wanting more.
Throughout the movie she finds an advert to write for a kid’s magazine and begins trying to write what motherhood is all about to her. The words don’t come easy to her at first.
As the movie continues, she reaches a point where she sits with her laptop and begins getting it all out. This is what she comes up with –
Motherhood is about accepting the limitations of time and energy,
which stretch beyond you,
even if sometimes it feels they could consume you.
Search for and hold on to your own true self.
If you lose that, what kind of mother can you be?
Things are always changing,
no matter how much we might want things to stay the same.
You could take a picture of your kids every single day,
and every single day, they’d just be getting older.
That’s a fact.
A heartbreaking fact.
But still a fact.
So seize your days and dwell in them fully.
Look to your children
because they know how to inhabit brief periods of time
with extreme passion.
And for nothing more, really, than the sake of those moments.
They can help you remember that, if you only slow down and let them.
Feel fortunate because chances are good you actually might be.
These lines played on my mind for a few days aswell as the question – What does Motherhood mean to me? I gave it some thought and made the decision to enjoy the journey with my son more than I have been.
Motherhood can be overwhelming, exhausting, challenging and at times scary when you don’t know what to do in a certain situation.
Trying to work and be hands on mum is a roller coaster; it’s sometimes all work and no play. There aren’t enough hours in the day at times to complete the bottomless to do list. But mother hood is one of the most special roles one could ever have in their lifetime. To have a child you love unconditionally and they love you back just as much, it is a gift.
I stared at a photo of my son the other night, the photo made me so grateful! As I admired my creation, tears began blurring my vision as I felt an overwhelming gratefulness that I have my little Angel in my life. He is so young and there is so much for him to learn, life is just beginning for him. He keeps me busy. Together we celebrate anything and everything, and I always try to be his cheerleader and his role model. (and do my best not to teach him bad habits…that’s a hard one)
Motherhood is preparing your child for the world, embracing their talents and assisting them with becoming who they want to be.
Motherhood is enjoying every milestone and trying not to crack when the days seem too much. Motherhood is not about sacrificing your identity and giving up on life, it’s about becoming a better version of who you are so you can be a better role model for your student that will observe you so closely.
Motherhood doesn’t have to be so serious; it’s about having fun and creating memories.
Motherhood is equipping your child with everything they are going to need to survive in this world, because there will be a day when you won’t be here for them. Teach them all you can. Read to them as much as you can.
Teach them good stuff, and try to keep them positive and happy. Watch those movies that you loved as a kid, listen to those songs that you loved… revisit your childhood and remember how fun the world can be when you see it through innocent eyes.
This world could be a better place if we all had more compassion, love and positivity. Mothers are the gatekeepers to a better generation.
I would like to congratulate all the mothers out there, it’s not an easy job, but you were chosen to be your child’s mother for a reason.
My question to you, what does Motherhood mean to you?
Sending you all some love.
Until next time – Make it a great day!