“The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.”
Raising children has given me amazing feelings of joy, satisfaction, wonderment, accomplishment, and fun, just to mention just a few. It has also been difficult, frustrating and disheartening at times.
There were many times in my parenting journey that I thought I could not do it anymore. I was tired and exhausted and as I looked around for answers I just could not find any. I could not imagine how I was going to figure out this whole parenting “thing”. I felt underprepared, confused and did not see any answers in my future. Yet, I continued on – sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing, but never giving up.
As I was reading Allard Lowenstein’s quote I realized what kept me plugging along this journey. It was because, deep down, I knew that it was worth it. I was never really sure that I could actually be a good parent but I knew that it was worth it to keep trying. I knew that I had three daughters to raise and nothing in life was more worth it than they were. So, I kept trying.
I look at my children today and I know that every step and misstep along the way was very truly worth everything we all went through to get to the place where we are today.
So…to paraphrase Lowenstein’s quote, when life gets tough don’t think I can’t do this anymore, ask yourself instead, is it worth it. I have no doubt as to what your answer will be.
Have some fun today!