When my kids were little, I read them stories of princesses being rescued by a prince on a white horse. I read them stories of magicians saving the world and knights slaying pesky dragons. I loved taking their imagination to far-away lands and magical people before they closed their eyes for the night.
Why did I love this type of fairy tales so much? Little did I realize then how much I loved playing the hero in real life. Parenting was my kingdom. To mychildren, I was a supermom. I found missing socks, tied shoes, and wiped tears. I cooked meat and vegetables while helping them finish their math homework. I cheered them during swimming races, went down water slides, and played tag underwater. Ignoring my own exhaustion, I even sang them love songs before kissing them good night.
My son Alex still remembers the day he saw me cry for the first time. He was 12 years old. I was heart-broken. I was exhausted. I did not have the strength anymore to hold on to my ‘perfect’ image. I was filing for divorce. I did not have ‘all’ the answers. I was scared. Realizing his mother was just a human being struggling like him to find joy and peace was quite an eye-opener for him. He grew up a lot that day.
Wanting to change my story, I have stopped parenting my children and started parenting me. I want them to be their own hero. I want me to be my own hero. I let my children fall and stumble. I watch them get back up and keep walking. They do the same for me too. I now believe a young tree learns to dance with the wind while facing the elements. I believe we all are young trees dancing in our story.
What kind of chapter are you writing in your life today?
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