Monday

mamas, let's do this thing

 

A couple days ago I had someone tell me that I'm really good at marketing myself; that on my blog and on Instagram I make people want my life.  I about spit my coffee out laughing.  Seriously.  Had a really good laugh for like five minutes.  This person was clearly crazy.  But after a bit I felt kind of sick.  Because I really hope it's not true.  My main purpose of being out in this online world is to help people want their own lives, to help them see beauty and truth, to embrace the relationships, the moments, that they are gifted.  Definitely not to make them covet something else.

Honestly, I'm nothing special.  I'm just like every other mama out there; devoted and desperate to offer the most beautiful life to my children and husband that I can.  And the things I write?  The photos I take?  They are the things that I need to read and the things that I need to see.  They resonate with other mamas so strongly because they are born out of my own quiet desperation, and it's a desperation that is shared.

 

This past week another mama suffered an injustice on Instagram; an amazing, encouraging mama soul had her account deactivated and lost all of her 2,000 + photos because she had been reported for pictures of her breastfeeding her baby.  I'm not going to get into the ridiculousness and hypocrisy of that here, I am mentioning it because of the unity of mamas that came about as a result.  Mamas were posting about it, emailing Instagram, demanding this unbelievably inspiring account be reinstated and IG actually listened.  Her account, her photos, all of it was reinstated because of this sisterhood of mamas that stands by one another.

We need to stand by one another mamas.  There is way too much division in this world already.  All of our differences are meaningless because we share motherhood.  My life is beautiful.  It is as beautiful as yours and is filled with the same good, bad, joy and pain that yours is.  And we can sit down together and chat over a cup of tea while our kids play, no matter what differences we have, because we belong to this mama sisterhood and we understand what each other needs.  We understand the basic cries of each others hearts because they are our own.  You belong, mama, I belong, and together we can support one another and encourage one another and dance through this lovely, way too fleeting time in our lives.




1 comment:

  1. I totally get this.... I recently rejoined Facebook after a 6 month break. I was posting photos, catching friends and family up on our news. I put up a pic of Roman and his mate playing with beeswax and my good friend, a working mama of one, commented that looking at my photos made her feel inadequate. It took the wind out of me! I immediately felt guilty and sent her a private message to encourage her, that she is a great mother and wife and woman. She replied that I shouldn't feel bad, it was just a reminder to her that she could be making better use of her time with her son. For me, seeing photos or reading blogs that inspire me is important, because it reminds me that I can have any life I want, I've just got to go after that and work towards it. If you spend your moments envying what others have, then before you know it life has passed you by and you're no closer to the life you want than you were before.

    For what it's worth, I think you do an awesome job at presenting your life as real. You show the extraordinary in the ordinary. That is attainable for everyone!

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