This I Believe

Jenny - Mountain View, California
Entered on September 15, 2006
Age Group: 30 - 50
Themes: parenthood

When my daughter was born something inside of me was re-born. Hearing her cry, was like hearing that part of me that was silent for so many years. I believe that motherhood is a chance to love myself again. To learn by nurturing another, the importance of nurturing myself. Too often in my life I have chosen to put myself second. I would do anything for others, yet ignore my own truest desires. Motherhood is about giving, but it is also about receiving. I have never read that in any mom and baby books I had.

The act of loving myself and extending that fully onto another is truly what life is about. Seeing myself in my daughters eyes, yet respecting that she is already a whole being is truly a gift. I believe that self love was never something I learned in school, and it is my responsibility now to remember it, and pass that inheritance on to my daughter.