Today, I return to writing about parenting.
Fascination – Have I told you, I am in complete awe of evolution? What I saw as a 6 millimetre black and white picture in a scan report grew into something so beautiful and is now with us, right here! I cannot but marvel with a dropped jaw at the miracle that is life.
Forgo – You learn to let go. Let go of sleep, jobs, looks perhaps and in some cases, lifestyles all together. Priorities get a rejig. The beauty of it is that, although you let go, there’s so much you get in return – unconditionally. Love, joy, a sense of belonging, a feeling of being wanted, being able to provide, protect, teach and raise another human being!
Fear – As a new mother, I was always scared whether I was doing it right. I constantly tried to live up to the most perfect image of the role – my mother. Also, being completely accountable for another soul is the single most important responsibility that life entrusts us with.
Fury to Fatigue – Most of this emotion actually started out as Fury. With time, the fury sobered down to just fatigue. Not so much the physical fatigue of going through the pregnancy, labour, surgical procedures et al. It is more the fatigue of listening to endless unsolicited advice, opinions, comments and every other conceivable mode of interference there is. And all this about myriad issues – about the baby herself, my parenting style, the dos and the don’ts, the right and the wrong. The list is endless.
What are the things that parenting has changed in you? Do you have experiences to share?