On this Monday, I want to motivate you with this wonderful quote that really hits home for me.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Viktor Frankl
Before children, I was so used to only having to deal with my own tasks, household duties and obligations. It was all about me. No one was in my way. I had full control of my life and every situation that came my way.
Now that I have kids, kids with their own free will, things are a bit different. Well, actually A LOT different.
My normal routine that I had before kids is no longer in existence. Now, I have days that sometimes are filled with screaming fits that are completely out of my control. Sometimes my days are endless potty breaks and “Mommy, I need to be wiped” moments.
This is something that is largely out of my control. I can’t control my kids when it comes to a rollercoaster of emotions. I can’t plan out every single potty break to work out perfectly with my routine. And that’s ok!
I am a timely person, but I have experienced many moments as a mom where it was basically IMPOSSIBLE to get to where I was going on time. Exiting the home doesn’t take 2 minutes any more. Some days it might take 30. There are a lot of unknowns and “Oops” moments that put a big delay when leaving the driveway.
When I think we are all ready to go, and then all of a sudden, my newborn spits up all over my outfit from shoulder to shoe. Time to change my clothes. I ask if everyone went potty before leaving, but one forgot to go. She needs help wiping and washing hands. Finish your lunch and drink, and then, splash. The entire cup of water is dripping off the table. Clean Up Time. Let’s put on shoes. Uh oh, I can’t find the matching shoe. Let’s all play hide and seek and let’s “seek” the missing shoe. I put my baby in the car seat and all of a sudden I hear a loud noise. Blow out all over the infant carrier and the baby’s outfit. Now we are definitely late!
Yes this has happened. You just gotta laugh!
And that’s what we did. 🙂
I have to change how I react to things. I have to grow and mature myself, because I live in a different environment now that I have kids. I am not in control of every situation that comes my way, but I AM in control of how I react and choosing to remain optimistic in all of life’s moments.
Dr. Jena Bradley, DPT