As a mom, I constantly struggle to keep up with the perfect lives portrayed on social media. You know what I’m talking about – the beautiful leggy blondes who live in perfectly clean and toy-free mansions, with drool-worthy husbands and polite beige-dressed toddlers who only eat organic everything.
Meanwhile, my 5-year-old is decorating the bathroom with rolls of Charmin, the sink and counters are overflowing with dishes from last night’s Hamburger Helper, the laundry smells of mildew because I forgot to put it in the dryer for the second time today, and I haven’t shaved my legs in a week.
If you’re anything like me, you probably have (at least once in your life) looked at these women on social media as “worthy.”
Worthy of love. Worthy of success. And above all… worthy of motherhood. You may start to wonder how you can alter your life to look like hers. Should you join a Burn Boot Camp? Maybe you should feed your kids only organic foods from local farmers markets? What about your house? Should you spend more time cleaning and organizing the fridge with those expensive clear bins with the little labels on them? Maybe if you just prioritized your chores more you could be like that blonde woman on Instagram?
I’ve been down that rabbit hole one too many times before. If you can relate to this feeling, then I have a question for you.
Do you know you are worthy just as you are today?
Seriously, I mean it. Just as you are today; dirty hair, messy house and all. Some days you will feel top tier, like a queen, ready to take on motherhood and everything life throws at you with confidence. And unfortunately, other days you will feel too weak to stand on your own two feet. I want you to remember that on both these instances, you are worthy of an amazing, fulfilling life. You don’t need fridge bins, an empty laundry hamper, wooden, colorless toys, and kids dressed like they are always ready for church to be worthy of motherhood.
All I remember from my childhood are the times my dad spent riding bikes with us, reading books, and walking to Blockbuster (I am showing my age here). I couldn’t tell you if our house was Instagram worthy or not. Kids don’t need a perfect parent. They need a present one. Whatever day this finds you on, I want you to remember that you are blessed, loved, special and beautiful. And most importantly… you are worthy, just as you are today.