One of my favorite bloggers is my friend and Bay Area photographer Yasmin Sarai. She is an incredibly talented budding photographer and Santa Clara alum whom I admire for many reasons. You should click on her name and check out her blog. 😉
Yesterday, she posted a piece entitled “Go Hard” [click here to read], where she challenges her readers not to back down in pursuit of a far-off and intimidating dream or goal:
I have to learn, even if it is at a painstakingly slow-pace. Piece by piece, I will build knowledge and gain experience, because there is no short-cut to excellence.
At the end of the post, she asked her readers what their big dream was, and what small steps they were taking to achieve it.
I knew immediately what mine was. Want to know? Are you ready for this? It’s silly. I’m a little embarrassed, to tell you the truth.
Well… here goes.
My dream is to be a mom.
Yeah, weird, I know. Most women wants to be moms. But few publicize it as one of their biggest dreams they’ve ever had, at least from my experience.
But for most of my life, motherhood has been my dream. I always tell people that even when I was a kid, I wanted kids. It’s true. Back then, I didn’t know the hard work it took to be a mother (and still don’t know the half of it). I saw motherhood through rose-colored glasses: cooing, giggling, baby powder, cuddles, and joy. I didn’t know the nitty gritty of a mom’s life; my parents’ humility kept me from seeing the endless hard work they toiled through for my siblings and me.
Now, with a little age on my side and a smidge more perspective, I can say that parenthood is one of the hardest jobs in the world. I also know, with all my heart, that I still want it… someday.
But where does that dream fit into Yasmin’s challenge?
- I can take every opportunity to grow in patience.
- I can strive to humbly serve my family members and roommates.
- I can learn to eat healthy foods (to model proper eating habits for my future kiddos, of course!).
- I can exercise and take care of my body so that I am well-equipped for the physical trials of life.
- I can steward my finances well.
- I can work with kids every opportunity I get — volunteering, babysitting, you name it — to get practice.
- I can learn from mentors who’ve been there — my mom, my dad, my grandparents.
- I can spend time with God daily, reading the Bible and praying, to grow spiritually.
I think I’ll give it a try.