Just a Mom

Every weekday morning, I drag myself out of bed at the ungodly hour of 7am, make some half-assed attempt to pretend that I care about my appearance, and head out the door to my 9-5.  This is my choice.  But it is not my preference.

I work outside the home because my family needs the income.  Not because my passion is sales or customer service.

My passion is giving snuggles, kissing boo boos, and reading stories.  I am happiest when I am providing for my family, whether through preparing meals or washing clothes. 

I love my job as mom as you love your job as lawyer.  Or designer.  Or realtor.  And when you love your work, you want to dedicate your life to it.

Many people would say that past generations fought for us to have more.  But what feminists fought for is having a right to choose.  A choice to be an astronaut.  Or a choice to be a mom.  Or a choice to be both.

And choosing to be just an astronaut would not make me less of a person.  Just as choosing to be just a mom does not make me unambitious. 

I did not put my life on hold to have children.  I have been waiting my entire life for them to arrive.  My daughter is the purpose of my life.  And if I only do one thing well, I hope that it’s raising a healthy, happy child that has the courage to follow her dreams.  Whatever they may be.

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8 Responses to Just a Mom

  1. Shell says:

    It really is about us being able to make our own decisions about what we want to do. Whatever they may be.

  2. Shirley says:

    I love this Jen. As mothers there seems to be a strong divide between working moms and stay at home moms. I definitely give my boys my all, but that doesn’t mean I don’t also feel passionate about healthcare. The choice is very empowering….and exhausting.

    • Jen says:

      Thank you. There are definitely other things I enjoy besides mothering, but at this point in my life, I just don’t have the time to really try to make a career out of them.

  3. Wow, you took the words right out of my mouth. I too work “outside the home” just for the extra income because we need it (and I do it at night) but if I had my way, I would only work “inside the home”. It fills me up. I’ve done the career thing…it didn’t fill me up. I have absolutely no judgment of moms who love having a 2nd job, but for me, parenting my boys is what I’m happiest doing…oh and Instagram – that’s fun too! :)

  4. Robbie says:

    I love this. Things would be much easier if ppl stopped judging others for the choices they make. When I WOH it was because I was passionate about it..teaching was my calling. I also needed to work to buy food, clothing and keep a roof over our heads.

  5. Holly says:

    I really like this post – it makes a lot of sense. I don’t think it matters so much WHAT people choose, so long as they have the right to make the right decision for themselves and their families. :)