This morning I hiked with a group of my Mom friends.
We watched our children charge up a hill.
We watched them posthole through deep patches of slushy spring snow.
We watched them play with sticks, fill their hats with rocks and throw pine cones.
Now I’m watching my children nap on the couch, completely exhausted from 3 1/2 hours on the trail.
It was the best way to spend a Friday.
We’re going into Mother’s Day weekend so naturally being a Mom, and the decision that I made to become a Mom is on my mind.
But I’m not thinking about Mother’s Day brunch or gifts, flowers or cards.
Instead, I’m thinking about all of the amazing women who I have known, respected and admired in my life.
Women who aren’t my mother but who have mentored me loved me and taught me.
Can I just take a second to share my true feelings about all the hoopla that is Mother’s Day?
- I want every woman to feel special regardless of if she is a mother or not.
- I want the woman who can’t have children and wants to feel like she is enough.
- I want the woman who chose not to have children to know that her decision is good.
- I want the woman who is trying to adopt a child to know that there is hope.
- I want the woman who hasn’t met the right person to still believe in love.
- I want the single mother to know that she amazes me with her strength.
- I want the woman who has more children than me to know that she’s amazing.
- I want the woman who has fewer children than me to know that she’s amazing.
- I want the woman who chose to bottle-feed to take a hike with the woman who chose to breastfeed and realize that they are both doing their best for their baby.
- I want the woman who has never hiked or camped alone with her children to be bold and give it a try.
- I want the woman who feels like she is fat to know that her body is beautiful.
- I want the woman who feels like she is ugly to know that she’s gorgeous.
- I want the woman in the wheelchair, or the woman who can’t see, or the woman who can’t hear to always feel like an equal.
- I want the woman who is sad to do something that makes her feel happy.
- I want the woman who works outside the home to know that she made the right decision for her and her family.
- I want the woman who chose to stay home with her children to know that she made the right decision for her and her family.
- I want the woman who works from home to know that she made the right decision for her family.
- I want the woman who is lonely to know that she has a friend.
- I want the woman who can’t seem to do it all to learn how to say no.
- I want the woman who disagrees with her neighbor on politics or religion to still smile and chat over the back fence.
- I want the woman who is scared of outdoor adventure to pack her bags and go.
- I want the woman who has injuries or illnesses that can’t be seen with the eye to feel healthy and strong.
I want all women to find their voice.
Because at the end of the day aren’t we all more similar than different?
Aren’t we all just trying to do the very best that we can do to make our little microscopic part of the world better?
So let’s hook all of our outdoor sisters up with a huge high 5 this weekend.
Let’s support each other.
Let’s encourage each other.
Let’s inspire each other.
Because Mom or not, we’re all still on this crazy adventure called life together.