Happy Mother’s Day.
How are you feeling today? I know this day can be filled with different and complicated emotions for many. For me, it is a combination of what I am grateful for, what I long for and what I have lost – a mixed box of gratitude, hope and grief, with a good dose of joy and residual fatigue. It can be challenging to hold space for all of these feelings at once. What I am learning to do is not reject or try to explain any of them away, but rather just let them all be there messy, complex and authentically human.
Motherhood is the space where I have experienced both heart-exploding joy and soul-crushing grief. There have been seasons where I wondered if the fear and sadness of the journey would ever let me breathe freely again and then I have had moments of such exquisite delight and pride that I am giddy. Motherhood is also the place where I have been consistently reminded that conceiving, birthing and nurturing life is a celebration of our interdependence not independence. Being a mother is not a solo endeavour – it is a team sport!
So today, amidst the hoopla of the more traditional Mother’s Day celebrations, I want to take a moment and say, ‘Thank you’, to every woman whose influence, example,
conversation, prayers, kind gestures, encouraging words, knowing looks and shared smiles have kept me in the race. One of the greatest things that has helped me mother my own children well has been the generosity of other women who have kept me afloat. I am the woman I am because of my mother, her friends, my sisters, my friends and countless other
women who may not ever know the impact that their lives have had on mine. Some of them are mothers in the traditional sense, many are not. I give thanks for them all! You are all part of my village and are all deserving of honour and celebration.💃🏼🥳🎉🍾🙌🏼💪🏼❤️
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