Women I Admire

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In the past week leading up to Mother’s Day there have been a number of instances where I’ve found myself putting my life into perspective, specifically as a Mum.

I think it started when I saw a video on Facebook that compared two mother’s doing the same daily tasks with each of their babies. It showed them waking in the morning, feeding their babies, getting ready and making their way to the doctor so their babies could be immunised. But the difference was that one mother was less fortunate than the other, she didn’t have a car to drive her baby to the clinic and had to walk, she relied on catching a bus which then broke down and she had to walk with her baby the rest of the way to the clinic. She got to the clinic and had to wait hours to see the doctor only to be told that they’d run out of immunisations. Meanwhile, the other mother drove all the way to a private clinic in her car. I am the mother driving to the private clinic in a car, I’ve done it so many times and have taken it for granted, never thinking about those that need to walk or catch public transport, or those that have to wait for hours.

I also often think about my sister who lives on the other side of the world with two young children and without the luxury of being able to drive 20 minutes to see her mum like I can or being able to spend time with family.

My mother-in-law had her 60th birthday party on the weekend and made a speech. She spoke about how she wondered what her life would be like if she hadn’t have lost her mother at such a young age. Again, I put my life into perspective.

And then there was my Mum who lost her father at age 11 and my grandmother who had to raise three young children all on her own. I can recall many times when I’ve struggled raising one child let alone three and having to run a household and make an income.

And then there’s friends I have whose husbands are away for long stints and they are left to run a household and look after children. These women are mentally strong and I admire them.

Thinking of all of these women has made me extremely appreciative of how lucky I really am. It’s reminded me that when I’m having a tough day, it’s really not that tough.  It has reminded me to put life into perspective when things get hard and to think of others who are much worse off than I. It’s also reminded me about how amazingly strong and resilient women are and there are so many women that I admire and look up to in my life, many that I haven’t even mentioned here.

And on that note, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day with your families. x

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. May 11, 2015 / 7:13 am

    Happy Mother’s Day!! My mum lost her mum too cancer when she was just a baby and so Mother’s Day is always a pretty hard day for her. I really do have the most amazing mum and considering she grew up without a mum as a role model, she is just extraordinary!
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  2. May 11, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Thanks for the reminder that a “tough” day is really not “tough” when you put it into perspective. I have a good friend who has recently lost her mum (and dad and brother) in a tragic accident.. She is really doing it tough. Hugs to all those who experience pain rather than joy on Mother’s Day.

  3. May 11, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Thank you for the reminder of all that we take for granted. Have a good week!
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  4. May 11, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Thank you for this post. I’m a single mom and was feeling a bit jealous (not bitter) this weekend over my friend’s life in San Diego – three kids, wonderful husband, and summer year-round, but I immediately became aware of how privileged I am to have my parents in the same city as me, to be a single mom with no support and yet have the education and privileges that I do — even something as simple as my 13 year old car — it reliably gets me wherever I need to go (though I won’t take it on highways anymore) and I am so lucky to be able to work from home — something so rare and unachievable for women with similar family structures. It is often so good to put things in a bit of perspective.

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  5. May 12, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Right there with you appreciating how lucky I am this Mothers Day. For me the biggest reminder is the fact that my sister recently lost her youngest to tragedy & he was only 6 weeks older than my daughter so holding her, laughing with her… Even being driven crazy by her, it reminds me what my sister is missing & breaks my heart 🙁 Lucky her other kids gave her a special day Sunday. Hope you had a lovely weekend.
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