When you become a parent, you have to learn to make adjustments to pretty much every part of your life. You can no longer be spontaneous or drop everything for a last minute girlfriends getaway to Miami. Sometimes, the adjustment has to be made regarding your future potential in the business world.
I mentioned in an earlier post that as a child (and younger adult, actually) I had dreamed of becoming a Senator or someone really important. In my wildest dreams, I was the woman in a power suit leading an important board meeting, Blackberry in hand.
Now this is my life:
Everything changed once I discovered that Bradshaw, Party of Two would become a party of three. My expectations for future careers and success - even finishing college to earn that degree - had to adjust to accommodate this tiny person with her own potential. My dreams for my daughter became my top priority, even more than becoming that powerful career-minded woman that I always thought I wanted to be.
I've made adjustments to every part of my life. I've changed my habits. I've learned to roll with life's punches. I've made mistakes, and I've triumphed over failure. And honestly? I am very happy with how my life is going at this very moment. I am unbreakable.
Netflix has introduced a new series called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring some of my favorite comedic personalities, like Ellie Kemper (The Office), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) and Tituss Burgess (30 Rock). I just love this quote from the series trailer because I feel like it especially applies to rookie parents - and perhaps even more especially, sleep-deprived rookie parents:
In honor of the show's debut, I've decided to take a moment to reflect on the many unbreakable moments that I've experienced as a parent. While becoming a parent isn't exactly the same as living in an underground apocalypse bunker for 18 years, it can feel somewhat isolating and overwhelming at times. I'm choosing to find the humor in the many 'OMG!' moments of parenthood. How about you?
- I may not always have the best clothes, but I know how to make an entrance (especially with a screaming toddler in tow).
- I will never have to stop learning, now that I homeschool my daughter. And who knows? Maybe I'll finally learn how to multiply fractions!
- My hair gets trimmed on a regular basis, thanks to my preschooler learning how to use scissors.
- I don't have to join a gym, as long as I continue taking my child out in public. Anyone up for chasing the bubble-blowing guy at the park?
- I will never have to be hungry due to this intuitive desire to keep stashes of granola bars and Goldfish crackers tucked away in my house, car and purse.
- I can easily explain away my desire to become a hermit, even when my child is actually staying with her grandparents for the weekend. Thanks, kiddo! I really do need an entire weekend of peace and quiet sometimes, Mom.
- And yes, sometimes I eat candy for dinner because I have earned it, OK?! (And it tastes way better than my daughter's organic, vegetarian meals, so there's that).
There are so many other moments or situations that parents can identify with. It's almost an unspoken bond that we share, really. When I go to Target and see a mom with one child 'skateboarding' on the shopping cart and another one touching every.single.item on the shelf, I know that we are part of this special club - the society of unbreakable parents. These are my people. We are not superheroes or super-failures... We are regular people that learn to roll with all of life's punches. And that's pretty fantastic.
What are some moments that you can look back on with a smile now that you've gotten through them? Have you learned to roll with the changes? Do you ever feel unbreakable, too?
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