Friday, November 4, 2011

Has it been a year?

I wear my age proudly, like a child.

Each year that passes, I look back at what I've come through. I thumb through old journal entries and letters. I think to myself, I have survived this. I made it through the difficult days and the wonderful ones, too. Each year just seems to get easier.

So, why not? Be proud of how I get older, I mean. It's fantastic, isn't it? Like a puzzle I am building - aiming for a picture of grace, wisdom, humour, and compassion.

February 2010
Sometimes this motherhood thing can be intense. It's true that everybody tells you, everybody says: it changes you. But what they don't say is that it can rip the you right out of your body for a while. Right out of your experience. That you will find yourself watching your life pass by as though you aren't even living it anymore.

You are so quickly thrown into the fire of passion and motherhood that you don't even have time to notice how you are not you. You are other. It isn't necessarily bad. It is just so scary, at first, and so different. It can be hard to know exactly where you are going, anymore, and if you are going anywhere at all. I used to be a steam engine, laying tracks seconds before I powered over them. And now I ask myself if I am even going anywhere at all. We've scaled this mountain side, and now we take pause. Which path leads this train to happiness?

Even now, as I explore this new role, I'm still dig dig digging into the back of my mind, deep in self-reflection. Even now, nearly a year later. Nearly a year since I walked out of the hospital wide-eyed in disbelief that they were letting us take this tiny fragile human being home in our care. To our home. Forever. Even now, I'm still not sure who I am.

But I can see myself, coming through the forest, with a steady pace and a more confident step than I have had in years. I can see all the strength inside myself, the willingness to be magnificent and electric. Without ego. Simply to be the best human I can be, for myself, for my son. Within my own boundaries. 

And I like that the glimpses of my old self still shine through in so many tenacious and spectacular ways.


  1. It's all about the journey. We change on a daily basis, sometimes leaving pieces behind while we pick up new ones on the way. I'm glad I got to share a piece of yours.

  2. Happy birthday, beautiful. You're doing an amazing job.

  3. Great post Farren. I relate. Happy birthday!

  4. Happy birthday! I'm only 3 weeks into this motherhood journey, but already I can relate to the "it can rip the you right out of your body for a while." God, I love her--I would fight and die for her tiny little self--but while I'm nursing her for the fifth straight hour in a row I can't help but feel my mind drift to the me I was only one month ago, the me who could DO STUFF, ACCOMPLISH things. And yes, I know that feeding my baby is an accomplishment, but I also hope you know what I mean (and I think you do). [And now I'm crying.]

  5. Inspiring! That is my favorite word to use to describe you! I love telling people about what an amazing Friend, Mother, Woman, Being you are! They ALWAYS want to know more!

    I love you and hope you have an amazing day!


  6. I am struck as always by your beauty, by your grace and by your wisdom. So, so happy our paths have crossed. Love that picture of you.