What I'm Learning From Motherhood

Both girls started off strong. With full gusto, they were both determined to win. The anticipation of being splashed with bright pink and purple colors throughout the race was still exciting. They were running full speed.

Then one girl began to fade. She needed to walk for a few minutes and take a water break. After she rested, she was ready to run again. Back to full speed, she caught up with her friend. 

Then the other girl began to fade. She walked for a few minutes and took a water break. After she rested, she was ready to run again. Back to full speed, she caught up with her friend.

Now running at the same pace, they giggled together again and joked about who would win. Then we all tried to guess which color we would be splashed with next.

Then one girl began to fade again. She slowed down, walked and drank some water. After resting, she tried to catch up.

Now the other girl began to fade. She rested, walked and drank some water. After resting, she tried to catch up.

We were all together again. Running at a fast pace, the girls giggled about who would be the winner. To pass the time, we played games and guessed which color would splash us next. 

Then one girl began to fade again. This time her mom carried her for a while as she rested and drank some water. After resting, they tried to catch up.

Then the other girl faded. This time her mom carried her for a while.  She rested and drank some water. After resting, they tried to catch up.

The girls were together again. Running fast, the girls giggled about who would be the winner. Which color would we be splashed with next?

Then one girl faded again. This time the friend's mom carried her. She rested and drank some water.

I used to I think life was about winning and being the best at everything. Motherhood has taught me that our value doesn't come from winning.

I always wanted to be first. Motherhood has shown me the importance of slowing down.

I struggle with thinking life is a competition. Motherhood is teaching me life is a daily opportunity to show and accept grace.

With bright colors splashed all over us, we finished the race together. A year later, we're still running and giggling together. We're still stop and go as needed. We're still helping carry each other's kids across the finish line. 

What are you learning from motherhood?

 

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Kristin Milner