Sometimes life throws you a curved ball, which not only leaves you a little shaken, but also leaves you feeling pensive and reflective and forces you to take stock of what really matters in life. There has been so much talk on social media and on the news and splashed across newspapers and magazines lately about the ‘good’ mums, the ‘bad’ mums, whether or not breast is best, should you be made to feel guilty for bottle feeding, should Kate have looked as good as she did leaving hospital, when is the right time for her to return to Royal duties?? And do you know what – in the grand old scheme of things – none of it matters.
This week I have been reminded of the value and importance of what really matters – love, family and friends. I have been reminded of the good that there is in people – people we’ve known all our lives, people we’ve known for years, people we’ve only just got to know in recent times and hey, even people who we’ve just met that very day. Deep down there IS good in everyone. People DO care. People were made to love, to reach out to their fellow humans. Sometimes we just don’t celebrate that enough. I think, especially in Northern Ireland, we can be too quick to point out the fault in someone, too quick to criticize, to judge….But there is a whole lot of good out there, sometimes we just need to look a little harder to appreciate it.
You hear it time and time again, but us mummies really do need to stick together. I’ve appreciated the power of that this week. I’m so thankful for the people whom I have in my life and intend to invest more in those relationships than maybe I have been lately. Life can get busy – but busy with what? Busy with ‘stuff’ and really, it can be ‘stuff’ that doesn’t matter. We need to make time and take time for people, love people, care for people, invest in people. Because when that curved ball is pitched, you wanna be ready for it.