When I am gone and have left, I hope they say, “she was a good mom.” That is the only thing I hope they say. Yes, I am ambitious, I am driven, I am successful in my career, and my profession, and I do so much. Yes, I have made rank, earned a few accolades, received some awards, and traveled to far away lands. I am told I am smart, motivated, driven, blah, blah, blah. I am not sure if this is true. But, I do not know if any of that matters. So many women have made so many more sacrifices, so many women have done far more to make a difference in this world, to change the world. I am not defined by my work and what I do, rather, I am defined by the choices I make, and the lives I have helped create, and the world I leave them behind in. The world in which they can make a difference, the world I hope they can change, and ultimately, the world they can leave behind better than they found it. This is what I hope they say.
I am defined by so much more. I hope they say, “she was a good mom- she left behind these people who ultimately made a difference, who made the world a better place.” Out of all the things they can say about me and who I am, I hope that is what they say. Being a mom day in, day out, 24/7; nothing compares to this most important job in the world. And, moms, don’t fret, you don’t have to be stay or work at home to know what a difference you are making daily. Frankly, those who juggle the most often make the biggest impact.
Happy Mother’s Day 2014! “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi