It’s been 1 year since my first post on this blog. And whoa, Nellie! what a year it was. I published my first post on my birthday last year, and proscribed that my “Larry Bird Year” would be a big one, and it was. But not for any of the reasons I imagined.
I started this blog because I missed writing. I felt like my own struggles of staring down perfectionism and Type A tendencies in the midst of parenting 3 challenging little ones might resonate with people. But I was shocked when it actually did. Shocked by the number of new parents who responded to my posts about what I would do differently in my early parenting days. Comforted by the parents who insisted they had really bad mommy
moments days, too. Surprised by the number of people who resonated with having a child who struggles with anxiety and sensory issues. Touched by the people who reached out after I disclosed and discussed my MS diagnosis. Warmed by the number of people in my community (past and present) who have risen up to support me over this year, and especially in the most recent days.
Being a stay at home parent with young children can be very isolating. I’m an introvert, but I’m not a-social. This blog has connected me to many people I wouldn’t have ‘known’ in the way I do now. People who opened up to me because I opened myself up through my writing. That’s one I never saw coming.
I have stared down my fears on this blog. Including the fear that if people really knew me, they wouldn’t like me. More than once, I have felt as if I went to school in my underwear-exposed.
But as it turns out, I have more in common with people than I ever thought. We are all trying our best. We are all giving our 100%. We don’t all have MS. We don’t all have kids who only eat being foods. We don’t all have a fear of failure. The only thing we all have is each other.
Thank you for journeying with me during this past year. It’s been a wild ride, and it feels like this was just the first lap.