I turned 30 this year. It was a milestone birthday and one that I always envisioned doing big. Getting the girls together, traveling somewhere I’ve never been and spending way too much money on a hotel room. A celebration of no longer being in my 20’s.
But the reality was, I had to put my 30th birthday celebration on hold. Because I was pregnant. With my second baby. (Who happened to be born the day after I turned 30.)
And I have to admit, that in the middle of it all, there were a few times that I day dreamt about going on that girls trip to Napa Valley or packing for a road trip through Europe and thinking about all of the carefree travels and affairs that my single girlfriends got to experience throughout the past few years and especially this one while we are all celebrating our third decade of life. There were a few times where it was hard to appreciate where I am in my life.
But now, more than ever, I’ve realized that I am living my life to the fullest in another way. Getting to experience something that not everyone gets to experience in life. Something more invigorating than touring an ancient ruin or gazing at a breathtaking view.
I get to be a mother.
Every day a new adventure. Every moment an amazing photo op waiting to happen. Nothing keeps me feeling more young and alive than being a mother. Chasing after my babies, seeing them laugh or say something new for the first time. To see them smile up at me affectionately, take a first step or teach me something they conjured up. I never knew life could be so exciting.
And what a rewarding challenge motherhood is. A challenge that has already changed me as a person for the better. It has forced me to look at my own life and see it through my childrens’ eyes. Am I a good person? Am I kind? Am I smart? Will I be able to teach and protect them from harm and guide them to be good people when they grow up? Every day I make better choices because I know my children are watching. It’s a challenge that I am so thankful for.
I know that traveling is amazing and I am not giving it up. I am looking forward to more girls trips on long weekends. And soon, I will get to travel to new places with my family, and share those special moments with young and curious minds as my children see and explore new places for the very first time. And after a little while, my husband and I will get to explore far away places again, travel to romantic destinations and fall in love anew. We may even bring our kids with us by then because we’ll miss them so much.
It’s true what they say. These kids grow up so fast and time truly flies by. I know that right now travel may not be in the budget for our family, but I can’t tell you how much more fun it’s going to be when we do. And in the meantime, I get to go on an amazing adventure every single day. A new milestone is waiting for us just around the corner and another picture perfect family moment is in store, where we’ll create a memory that will last a lifetime.