About halfway into my three day labor ordeal, a nurse came in the room and started talking about her daughter. “I’ve enjoyed every single minute of motherhood” she gushed. “Even when I had to get up in the middle of the night. I never once thought I’d rather be doing anything else.”
Well, I have news for you. I would rather be sleeping.
And that nurse’s words did little to help me in my transition to motherhood. Though I knew there were plenty of moms who didn’t enjoy getting up multiple times in the middle of the night, I did wonder if there was something wrong with me on the days motherhood didn’t seem very enjoyable. And I felt pressure from some empty nesters to cherish each and every fleeting moment.
But the truth is, it’s okay if we don’t enjoy every minute of motherhood. Or marriage. Or life for that matter.
There are simply things that aren’t that enjoyable. And I’m not even talking about the obviously heart wrenching moments of life.
While we can learn to find joy even in the mundane, it’s okay if we don’t particularly cherish the incredibly repetitive and boring game our two-year old just made up.
So let’s take not-enjoying-every-single-moment off our guilt inducing list.
Have you ever felt pressured to enjoy every moment? Or guilty because you don’t?