Mother’s Day was special this year. It was my first year celebrating with my twins. It had always been a day to reflect on my transformation as a mother, with my eldest, but it is now at another level adding twin infants in the mix.
Motherhood is a challenge. Only the strong are up to the task. You have to be strong physically, emotionally, and mentally. While I don’t always feel like I fit the bill, life has proven otherwise. Sometimes Mother Earth knows me better than I know myself.
This Mother’s Day, I also reflected on my various roles. We all have them- multiple hats we have to pull out at a moment’s notice. Of all my hats, my Motherhood and Writer hats are my biggest tug-of-war. Though they can clash at times, they also compliment each other.
Motherhood has helped me hone my writing skills. How so, you ask? When you’re a mother, you have a limited amount of time to write. So when I do have a moment to sit down at my laptop, I feel more productive because I know I don’t have time to daydream.
I also don’t torture myself if I can’t find the energy to sit down at my laptop. It’s not worth it. If I’m too tired from a full day of work, and two grumpy babies, I give myself a break. My writing won’t be good if I’m not in the right head space. I would rather go two weeks without writing (blasphemous, I know), than write crap every day.
So, while my writers hat is one of my favorites, it sometimes has to take a back seat to my motherhood hat. It’s spackled with baby food and looks worse for wear, but it’s an important one. One I wouldn’t give up, even if my writers hat has to sit in my closet for awhile.