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A reflection on Motherhood

Updated: May 13

As the dust settles on Mother’s Day. Hopefully, having had pampering, phone calls, flowers, hand made cards, cakes, drinks and lots of hugs. I thought of my journey of becoming a young mother at the age of 20 and the seemingly insurmountable challenges this brought to my mum and I. Yet, through it all, I learnt the joy of giving, until there was nothing more to give. I call it joy, because there’s something about selfless giving, it cures us of our own inherent selfishness.

As the years roll on, I’m learning to remain silent when I think I should offer advice. Do nothing instead of fixing. I call it distant love! Yes it’s all there, unfinished, undimmed and relentless love but it’s tampered with respect, restrain and reason. This, my fellow mothers, has been and continues to be the toughest lesson in loving actually.

So, here’s a reflection on mothering

Motherhood is a journey unlike any other. It's a rollercoaster of emotions, from the overwhelming love that fills your heart to the challenges that test your patience and resilience. Yet, through it all, motherhood is a transformative experience, shaping both the child and the mother herself.

As a mother, each day brings new opportunities for growth and reflection. From the first moments of holding your child in your arms to the bittersweet feeling of watching them spread their wings and fly, every stage of motherhood is a lesson in letting go and holding on.

The early years are filled with sleepless nights and endless diaper changes, but they are also marked by the purest form of love and connection. It's in those moments of exhaustion that we learn the true meaning of selflessness and sacrifice.

As our children grow, so do we. We learn to navigate the delicate balance between nurturing and letting them explore the world on their own. We discover the strength we never knew we had as we face the inevitable challenges and setbacks along the way.

But perhaps the most profound aspect of motherhood is the constant reflection it inspires. We reflect on our own upbringing, drawing on the lessons learned from our own mothers and grandmothers. We question our decisions and actions, wondering if we're doing enough or if we're doing it right. And in those moments of doubt, we find solace in the unconditional love that binds us to our children.

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate the beauty of motherhood in all its complexities. It's a day to honor the women who have shaped us and the women we aspire to be.

So here's to all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and mother figures who have touched our lives with their love and wisdom. May we carry their legacy forward with grace, humility, and a whole lot of love.

By Dr Purity Carr

GP & Menopause Doctor

Harvey WA

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