I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden Daffodils;
Beside the Lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee-
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company;
I gazed – and gazed – but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffiodils.”
Motherhood can be a lonely journey.
Whether your children are still at home with you all day long, or you send them to school for long stretches of the day, motherhood can feel like a solo act.
We wander lonely as Clouds from time to time, don’t we?
I’m here to encourage you moms who are feeling lonely, who feel you lack purpose, you are not alone. It’s hard to push ourselves outside the boundaries of motherhood and seek the Daffodils of life.
If you Google the phrase “Do Mothers Feel Fulfilled?” you will see countless articles speaking to this very natural struggle that takes place when we become the caretakers of small children. We love them dearly, and we know that we have value in this world through them, and yet…
We so often struggle with this feeling of not being enough. We aren’t doing enough. We aren’t contributing enough. We aren’t good enough.
I’m here to tell you (and myself) that these feelings are completely normal and natural, and they will ebb and flow through the years. Earlier this year, I felt ballooned with purpose. I was excited to get up every day. I felt fulfilled both in work and at home. I felt like I was on my game.
This last month? Not so much. I’m bored. I feel like my career is at a stand still. I feel like everyone but me is accomplishing goals. I feel frustrated as a mom, as a writer, as a human being.
Motherhood comes with seasons of great joy, and moments of loneliness – of wandering and of dancing. Just don’t give up, Moms! Don’t give up on your dreams, don’t give up on your house, don’t give up on the kids, and whatever you do don’t give up on the laundry, because you will never be able to crawl out from under it.
Sometimes we dance like the daffodils. Other times we wander like the cloud.
But my gosh, our job is important. Whether we work inside or outside the home. Whether we have one or ten kids. Whether our kids are grown and living independently or still in diapers. We are doing amazing work – even when we don’t feel amazing.
So this one is for the moms who are feeling down, who are feeling like they just aren’t enough.
Dance with the daffodils, my friends. You are enough.
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So simple, so true, well written and important for us all to read, believe and know. Thank you.
The hardest days for me are the ones that begin bright and light and full of purpose, then mid-day comes and the breezes blow me away. So confusing.
I love you!
Love you back, my friend! So thankful for you!
Comparison is the “enemy’s stick”. I have been fighting it just this morning…you know those crazy voices in the head!
You hear them too?! I thought it was just me… 😉
I love this. It’s so nice to hear that I am not the only one thinking that I’m just not enough most days. My ambitions have changed since I was in college, and I worry that since they are different they are not of the same worth. Ask me five years ago and I would have said motherhood was enough, but now that I’m here I have a hard time believing that. Thank you, friend.
It’s so hard, Mel. It’s funny how ambitions change, but our passions and desires don’t really. We just have to learn to focus on what’s most important in the moment, and most of the time, as moms, the kids come first. But it doesn’t mean they have to be the only thing! It’s gets easier…then it gets hard again, and so on and so forth. 🙂
Sending love to you, friend!