Like every mother, I remember the birth of my children in vivid detail. I remember how cold the operating room was, how badly I was shaking and the magnificent sound of my baby crying. I remember that in that moment, everything I cared about in my life shifted.
One June 6th, 2010 at 6:11pm I changed from woman to mother and it was the biggest inspiration of my life. It isn’t because I suddenly had someone else to put before me (I do) or that there was something that needed me desperately (I did) but because suddenly the reason for joy in my life changed. The things that made me happy before were silly compared to this. Who needed a vacation when you could knock over a tower of blocks and hear the world’s most adorable laugh?
It can appear that I’m sacrificing for them or that I’m bragging about my selflessness but in reality, it’s much more self-ISH. Really, this is all about me. I am happiest when I am with them and so everything I do is to be able to do just that: be with them.
I have learned that the job I go to every day is no longer a place to advance my skills and strive for promotions and bigger titles. Now, it is a tool I use to allow me to live my life the way that I want. I am content to never have a promotion or pay raise again (although more money for the same duties would never be shunned). I keep this job because it pays me just enough and I have the flexibility to perform every preschool drop-off and run out the door the moment the sitter says my kids are sick. Suddenly, I couldn’t care less about the title I hold.
I am inspired by those two little crazy people that I love so dearly. What inspires you?
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