The beautifully confusing thing about life is that we are always in transition. Growth and improvement cannot occur where there is no change. Transitions and positive growth are often painful, uncomfortable, challenging and uncertain. We are all on this unlimited mountain-plateau climb. We struggle up the "mountain" to get to the top only to plateau and look up to see that there is more struggle to the top. It's scary, that's why most people quit or don't even try to improve in the first place. But we can't escape growth. It's always happening and it's always there. Whether we are physically growing, emotionally growing or psychologically improving something awesome yet transitional is occurring in our lives to help make it better and to help us learn how to be better next time. So we may as well just give in to the pain and go with it.
These are my personal affirmations (not resolutions) leading into 2015.
- I will be a better coparenting partner to my kids' father. I will communicate better. We will work together to ensure that both of our needs as parents and as individuals are being met. Working together is far better than working alone.
- I will be the best parent I can be. Being a better parent will help me be a better person. This does not mean perfect. It means that I'll be giving 100% of who I am every day and that is good enough.
- I will set realistic expectations for our life. We will miss opportunities and playdates but we will keep everything in perspective.
- I want my children to feel the ultimate satisfaction of the love that I and their father have for them. They should feel loved when they wake up, with every breath they take, and deep within every fiber of their being so they can grow up to become confident and fearless women.
This is not going to be an easy task. It will take a lot of patience, understanding, trust, love... unconditional love and hope. It's going to take work and dedication and a never-give-up attitude. I thought I had our coparenting relationship figured out. I thought it was set in stone. But now I realize that relationships grow because people grow. Needs change in relationships; communication styles change in relationships; and goals change in relationships. I did not accept that in 2014.