This past year was ushered in with an epiphany. A series of small realizations over the year brought me to a super meaningful moment, and that’s when I realized that my role as a mother had changed and that even though I’m an adult, it’s never too late to reach for goals, both big and small.
For so many years my life as a mother consisted of making sure my children had enough to eat, were dressed properly, went to bed on time and could walk and talk and interact with others. It was a period of time when my mothering consisted of making sure they had the necessities like shelter and love.
Lately, my kids have started to get much more independent and even though I still make sure they are dressed properly, get enough rest, have enough to eat, and feel loved, I’m no longer required to provide only the necessities as my primary role.
Now I get to make sure they are learning how to do things on their own, and I have the privilege of jumping in to help when they need it. Now instead of making sure they don’t get hurt physically because they don’t understand danger and boundaries, I try to make sure they don’t get hurt too badly by the trials life places before them, even if it is just a friend who says something that makes them sad. Now, I get to help them become who they are meant to be. I get to see who they are and try to help shape them into honest and kind and hard working people who make good choices and are good examples to those around them.
AND, I get to do things for myself. Now that I don’t have to do everything for them, I have a little more time for myself and introspection. I have time for me.
It’s wonderful to be able to make choices and goals (just like when I was a kid) and actualize them. If one day I just want to be a fabulous lunch maker, I can. If some days I want to make larger goals, I SO can.
As my children begin to grow up and think for themselves and make choices that will impact their lives, I can too. That’s not something I’ve thought a lot about in the past decade.
It’s meaningful and it’s exciting and I love feeling like I’m on a new journey as an individual and a mother.
So, what do we want to be when we grow up?
We want to be good people. We want to help others, and we want to make a lasting impression.
That’s what I call meaningful.
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