Songwriters often say they write their greatest music after a heartbreak. Athletes play their best game after a significant loss. In the midst of tragedy, artists and writers create their masterpieces. It’s almost as if we need conflict to have depth and gain insight.
I wrote a lot last year. I was surviving. Consumed by my parental responsibilities, struggling to find my identity.
I was so focused on how much I felt my kids were draining me, that I neglected to recognize how much they have nourished my soul.
It’s hard to have perspective when you are physically exhausted, overwhelmed, and consumed.
But my heart has never known a love like this. Without them, I never would have known its depths. And I never would have understood God’s love for me as well as I do now.
My children have taught me patience, the joy in the simple things, and selflessness. They challenge me to be the best version of myself, because they are watching every. single. thing. I. do. and. say.
They give me something to look forward to every morning and in all the years to come, watching them grow in character and personality.
I wrote a lot last year, when I was barely treading water. But now, I’m simply enjoying making memories with them. Hopefully that is something worth reading.