I am a fifty year old wife and mother of two. I have always worked while my husband and I raised our kids. In an effort to keep my panic at bay because my youngest is headed off to college; I accepted a new position that required a complete career change. I was thinking that I was brave to make this big change and that I would find great fulfillment in this new endeavor. What was I thinking?
I have come to the realization that no matter what new job I take or how busy I keep myself; I will never feel the same sense of accomplishment and joy that I did while I was raising my kids. As a busy working mom, I never thought that motherhood defined me. I thought that it was just a part of who I was. I now realize that it is the best part of who I am. Being a parent has made me a better person both at home and at work. I strive to be the best at what I do because I want them to witness the satisfaction that comes from a job well done. I also want to teach them responsibility and commitment.
This next phase of my life will require me to be brave, but not in the way I expected. The goal was to raise successful and independent children while making my own contribution to the world. Now I need to let them go. This takes real bravery. I will continue to challenge myself to learn and grow, as they become the people that they were meant to be. I know that my life experiences will set an example for my adult children. Motherhood never ends. It just changes as we continue to teach through example throughout our lives.
Guest bloggist Marie Praet is a supporter of “A Beautiful Me”, and has worked as a registered nurse for over 25 years in the maternal child health field. Marie is currently working an operating room nurse.