As a mother and a wife, I have come to realize how easy it is to lose myself in all of the everyday tasks, errands, chores, and making everyone else happy in my home.
Why do we, as women, feel the need to give up pieces of ourselves when we ‘settle down’ and start families? Personally, I think it all comes down to the maternal and natural instincts to want the best for those we love even when it means sacrificing our own happiness. But WHY? Why do we have to become unhappy in the process? Why is our happiness not as important as our family’s happiness? And, When did it become someone elses job to ensure that we are happy?
I think back to my days of freedom, non-commitment, and youth and remember being happy, laughing, and carefree. Why did becoming a mom make me an extension of my child or my husband? Well, I will tell you, because I forgot to make ME happy. Yes, ME! I deserve happiness as well, and if I cannot do that for myself, then how am I to be able to do that for those I love and care for? Families are supposed to be one cohesive unit, but many times, mothers and wives forget to take care of themselves in all the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
When I came across this video yesterday on Facebook, I was taken aback by the powerful answer that Jada Pinkett Smith gave when asked by her daughter, Willow, “How hard is it being a wife and mom?”. I do not know that I could have given an answer like this myself and realized exactly how true each word she spoke resonated in my soul.
If you do nothing else today, take a few minutes and listen to her message, as it could touch you in a very deep way. It made me realize many things that had evaded me until I watched in awe. Her answer is completely true and entirely raw.
Please feel free to comment below and let me know what you got from this message that she so strongly conveyed to her beloved Willow. I would love to know your thoughts.
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