Cape Cod Moms is part of a great blogging network called Bodacious Bloggers and they are having a summer blog hop! May’s prompt was to take us on a tour of where you live – check that out here! We decided to hop on the train for June. This month’s prompt is to recap highlights from the last decade of your life. To read the other blog's click here!
The past decade has been full of many life experiences. Some of these times have been very rewarding and others have been full of lessons. In 2005, I was fairly fresh out of college, working my first real job and eager to take on the world. At the time there were so many possibilities and few responsibilities. A decade later, a young girl has become a young woman. Today my life is still just as full of possibilities and definitely full of more responsibilities including a child. Here are some of the things I have learned over the past ten years.
1.) The one things in life that is constant is change. There are new paths to be explored, mountains to climb, obstacles to circumvent, and oceans to swim. Ten years later I have had my fair share of all these circumstances, however there was one experience that completely changed my outlook on life….. the birth of my child. To finally experience all encompassing, unconditional love was one of the greatest gifts I have ever experienced.
2.) Good girlfriends are the cement that hold us together. One of the major things that has not changed is that you can always count on your girlfriends especially when things get rough. I have been lucky enough to have some amazing women in my life over the past decade that I am proud to call friends. All these women are mothers including one who is due any day with her first child. It was because of them that it made it easier to get through new baby hazing stage or the trials of motherhood as the children get older. It is our strength and common experience that unites us and it is with our support of one another that we are able to tackle motherhood with a bit of humor.
3.) Family is the most important thing. At the end of the day, these are the people that truly have your back and support you. Like all families, there may have been times over the past decade when we struggle but we always are there for each other when it matters. Family has always been hugely important to me. It is important to me that the next generation of our family remain close, grow up being best friends and to always be surrounded by people who love them. We put them first so that someday they will put their family first.
4.) LOVE LIFE. I have learned that it is important to take the time to just enjoy being. It is my son who has taught me that. I try to look at the world through his eyes. I find that even taking a few minutes every day to just soak it all in helps remind me of all the wonderment there is in the small things like blowing bubbles, picking berries, or exploring a sand dune. He has also helped me imagine the possibilities that are still to come. I know there will be challenges along the way, days where those obstacles will feel overwhelming but they will pass and they are worth it for what else awaits us. When those moments happen though, I am just going to take out my bottle of bubbles and let it go.
Thank you for taking this retrospective journey with me. When the blog hop post for this month is published, I’ll share the link so you can visit the other bloggers.
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