It is quite popular today, at least in the mommy blog-o-sphere, to write articles highlighting that life isn’t merely the beautiful highlight reels we display on our social media; to admit to the fact that life is hard, that it takes strength and courage to walk the path of motherhood and marriage and friendship.
I am totally in with that crowd because raising two little boys is hard. Raising independent, loud, demanding children is a hike through the wilderness that is all it’s own. And it does take strength, courage, grace and a lot of coffee to walk it every day.
I want to take a moment, however, to do the opposite. I want to suggest that we all take a moment and call out those times that are beautiful and awesome. Let’s celebrate and commend ourselves when things are going well and we are groovin’ through life to the beat of our favorite song.
Life has been awesome for me lately. Not every moment is full of sunshine and rainbows (we’ve been watching a lot of Pixar’s Trolls lately, if you get the reference) but in general, we are in an upswing. I’ve been rocking nap times and mealtimes. I’ve been connecting with my children- laughing with them and enjoying such sweet moments of play and conversation; watching them begin to play together and care for each other. My husband and I have been talking about the issues that matter and taking on things as a team. We’re getting projects done that have been put off and balancing the care’s of our daily lives in a way that is comfortable for both of us.
Maybe it’s the beautiful weather. Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve been getting enough sleep. Maybe it’s just ok to say that life is awesome right now and leave it at that.
It’s so helpful to reach out when things are hard, and it is equally comforting to be able to speak up when things are going swell. Life has a balance, a rhythm and the only thing that we can be certain of is change. Things aren’t going to be rainbows and unicorns all the time. The upswing will eventually give way to a downswing before it heads back up again. So let’s do more of showing up for each other when things get dark, when our friends and neighbors need a hand held out to them. And let’s do more celebrating when things are awesome. Let’s cultivate joy for ourselves and for each other when life hands out opportunity and success and be grateful for all the sweet beautiful moments.
I sure am grateful for all the sweet beautiful moments I’ve been experiencing lately.