I would say giving birth is out of anyone’s comfort zone. It hurts! But motherhood has a way of making you exit that comfort zone that you love so much and making you explore new things that you’ve never even thought of. Like suctioning boogers out of your child’s nose with your mouth (you know you’ve done it). But anyway, today I would like to share with you how motherhood has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone.
During my junior year of high school, I was asked to host our schools talent show. I didn’t understand why on earth they would want an awkward shy girl to host a show. But I agreed. On the day of the talent show, I got on stage with my cohost in front of the entire school and the first thing he said was “Mariel, did you pick that dress out of your grandmothers closet?”
No I didn’t. But I was so embarrassed! I ran off the stage and began to cry hysterically. He later went up to me and claimed that he was really sorry but he was trying to make people laugh.
You see, my first experiences in front of an audience were horrible! Even on the day of my wedding I was too shy to make my speech. I had it written on a piece of paper and I did not look up until I finished reading it. I am not saying that I am an expert now, but I thank God that my very awkward days are behind me.
After becoming a mother, I realized that I was now someones role model. There are now these little eyes who observe everything I do. And then they copy it! I became determined to be a better version of myself.
Last year, I stepped on stage and gave my first speech in front of a live audience and it felt great! I walked on stage, spoke with confidence and walked out with a big smile. Yeah, I might have missed three whole sentences of my speech. But no one noticed!
Let’s face it, no one is perfect. I once did a very embarrassing dance and now my preschooler thinks it’s “cool” to do that dance in front of other children. The child needs to stop. But as previously stated, once you are a mother, little eyes are watching you and they copy everything. It is now our job to be the best role model we can for those little ones and stepping out of our comfort zone will make a big difference in how we raise our children.
Have faith. Have Courage. Go out there and rock it!
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”
– Mark Twain