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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