For all mamas…who gave up their jobs, who think they aren’t doing enough, who feel undervalued by a society that places high-powered careers in the limelight, who juggle it all.
When I was young, I wanted to be a Teacher.
Teachers reveal the mysteries of the world.
They guide and challenge and give us tools for survival.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a Teacher.
But then I saw the Healers.
Healers make people well.
They deliver relief and comfort and hope.
When I was younger, I wanted to be Healer.
But then I watched the Actors.
Actors help us escape into another world.
They excite and spark our imaginations.
Boy, did I want to become an Actor!
But then I noticed the Lawyers.
Lawyers advocate for the people.
They protect and defend and assist the innocent.
How cool would it be to become a Lawyer?
But then I discovered the Artists.
Artists create masterpieces.
They adorn and decorate and beautify our world.
How wonderful it would be to become an Artist.
But then I observed the Presidents.
Presidents lead with integrity and dignity.
They stop wars and sign peace treaties.
When I was younger, I aspired to become President.
But then I witnessed the Philanthropists.
Philanthropists support the needy.
They give aide and funds and sustenance.
How incredible would it be to become a Philanthropist?
But in the end…
I became a Mother.
And in becoming a Mother I became a Teacher, a Healer, an Actor, a Lawyer, an Artist, a President, a Philanthropist, and even, on the good days, I became something I never asked for.
I became Myself.