So another year begins. New Year is an interesting time, a time that signifies a new beginning, where new intentions, goals and wishes are set.
Personally, I stopped making resolutions a long time ago, because life has taught me that you need to live it to the full with the best intentions each and every day. But saying that, as a mother, I do find myself focusing my hopes and dreams and aspirations towards my children.
That’s the thing about becoming a parent. I remember looking at both my girls when they were born: Alana who has just turned nine and Natasha who will be 18-years-old on the 16th January, 2014 (and yes, the tears alongside the disbelief are already welling up) – and feeling a love like no other. Looking into their eyes when they were born, I felt such an all-consuming love. I couldn’t compare it to the love I have ever felt for a partner, a parent or a friend. It was and still is a love, where suddenly my happiness mattered less and their happiness and wellbeing just mattered so much more.
So I am dedicating this blog and my hope and dreams for this year to both my girls.
To my daughters
You are both my greatest gift and achievement. Each day I feel so grateful that I have been blessed with you as my daughters and for 2014, I wish you both nothing but happiness and that your hopes and wishes be fulfilled.
Alana, you are our ‘sunshine girl’. Your chirpiness and natural sunny disposition always make you a joy to be around and my wish is pretty simple. That you maintain that happy outlook and that life continues to bless you with nothing but good things.
Tash, this is a big year for you and you will soon officially become an adult. I know you are looking forward to the freedom of being a grown-up but with that freedom comes responsibility. I wish you the strength and resilience to bear whatever challenges come your way. I will always be by your side, your greatest fan, friend and supporter in all your endeavours.
And my final wish and aspiration is that I can continue to wear the mantle of motherhood to the best of my abilities. I love you both from the bottom of my heart and even if you don’t want to hear it, you will always be my ‘babies.’
To those of you reading this blog, I wish you, your loved ones and your babies big and small a wonderful 2014.