It’s pretty hard to describe the epic and transformational love mothers feel for their children. I have a dog (his name is Miagi, FYI) and I love him more than I’ve ever loved another breathing thing. As much as I adore my fur baby, I know that when I do have a child that love will carry a weight that I’ve yet to experience. It’s that type of unconditional connection that makes mothers (my own included) more complex, a bit more nuanced, and flat-out real.
When it comes to motherhood, there really is no one size fits all mentality. Those who choose to become mothers, just like those who opt not to, are learning their strengths and weaknesses, navigating life, and just trying to figure it out on their own terms. The only difference is there’s a little person depending on them to make it in this world, and that is a key difference that makes me tip my hat to mothers everywhere.
As we ready ourselves to celebrate Mother’s Day, we thought it imperative to highlight a few women who are running households, raising kids, and chasing their dreams (in fly kicks, btw) full time. From new moms reeling from the huge shift in perspective to seasoned mommy vets with their fair share of experience, the scope of the maternal experience is impossibly vast. Even more so, as women, it’s especially important to ask these moms what their biggest challenges are. Motherhood, in all of it’s wonder and glory, isn’t a walk in the park. The moment we give women permission to be human in the midst of one of humanities realest superpowers is the moment that we, the childless included, learn from them, grow with them, and give them back a little bit of the unconditional empathy they so freely give on a daily basis.
8 amazing women from across the country (and even one in Denmark) got real about their personal experience as members of the mommy club; the good, the challenging, and the love in between.
P.S. Make sure you thank your mom.