Sarah Kay once said that everyone has their own truths — it doesn’t even have to be factual — and that those truths can be used to tell their own stories. Hear me out in my little story telling session.
It’s almost always a connotation that when you become a parent, you lose time for yourself. You may even forget to wash your hair or eat lunch and you may have to pend your hobbies. But over the past year, I’ve come to realize that as much as parenthood is about unconditional love towards your child and partner, it’s not always an outward projection. It’s also about being attune to the creaks and rumbles of your body, understanding the root of your actions, forgiving your own mistakes and wholly embracing who you are. As my sister would put it: “If you can’t take care of yourself, how will you take care of others?”
Whatever it is that you parent — be it a child, an animal, even a plant — it’s nice to think that the whole experience of investing effort, time and emotion towards your child also helps you grow and nurture yourself.