Why We Take the Risks That Come With Motherhood
I can’t think of anything as fragile as a momma’s heart. Before having kids, I might have never thought that or truly understood it. But being a momma breaks your heart.
I mean, I can’t think of anything more potentially heartbreaking. Sure, if you lose a spouse, parent or someone close, it’s an undeniable loss. But the thought of losing or something happening to your child — a piece of you — is so different.
Losing your son from cancer, having your third miscarriage, choking on fear at the thought of another surgery for your little girl, learning how to deal with kids bullying your 6-year-old, having other children call your baby “broken” or “gross”… I mean, seriously, how do us mommas do it?
I guess it’s the most selfless act of love. Our hearts are no longer are own. Mommyhood is this big, gigantic leap of faith — hoping, praying, wishing you get to keep them and protect them until your time has come.
But I guess the risk of it all is experiencing this kinda love.
The kinda love where both hands are used to grab your face for a kiss.
The kinda love where you can make someone laugh more than anyone else on the planet.
The kinda love where what you say, how you act and who you are, all matter. You choose how they see their momma and who they become because of it.
The kinda love where you can still make mistakes daily but know your love is enough regardless.
The kinda love where you are their world and they are yours. And really, that’s all that matters.
So to all mommas out there — those who lost a piece of themselves, those trying desperately to become one, those in sleepless nights and those grieving their empty nest. Regardless of the heartache, regardless of the fear, regardless of the unknown, remember and dwell in this kinda love.
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning
Happy Momma’s Day.
This post originally appeared on Happy Soul Project.
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