When scrolling through Instagram or swiping through your Facebook newsfeed, you generally see moms posting pictures of their joyous babies with jubilant smiles on their faces. You see them boasting about how well-behaved their children are, seeming to be perfect mothers with perfect families, living a perfect life. I am definitely guilty of this, but it’s undoubtedly deceiving. Although motherhood is wonderful, these posts make others perceive it as easy and glamorous. Although rewarding, without a doubt, motherhood is not easy OR glamorous.
They don’t talk about the breakdowns or the lack of sleep. The unbearable exhaustion or constantly feeling like a failure. They don’t talk about the personal issues they are currently working to overcome, or the struggles they face on a daily basis. They don’t mention how they frequently have to stick their food back in the microwave multiple times before finally getting a chance to eat, or how their bath water has turned cold by the time they get a chance to attempt to soak their stress away. They don’t mention how they are forced to function on a few hours of interrupted sleep, or how they have a haunting, constant pressure to succeed. The list is endless.
Yes, motherhood is beautiful. It has taught me unconditional love and motivates me to be the best I can be. Motherhood is rewarding, and by far the best gift I have been blessed with. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But it is not glamorous, and it sure as hell isn’t easy. We all face our own struggles and challenges, and sometimes they seem unbearable – You’re not alone.
“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:28-29