“Dance as though no one is watching,
Love as though you have never loved before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on Earth.”
Those words adorn a butterfly plaque hanging above my living room couch.
I’ve always wanted to be the type of person who is comfortable in her own skin. And to a certain extent I am - I wear eight rings because I want to, I wear clogs because they’re comfortable, and I don’t wear eyeliner because I don’t want a wand-shaped beauty tool coming near my eye.
And like many things in life, I suddenly just “got it.” I realized that I now do fully understand what it means to dance as though no one is watching me, to love as I have truly never loved before, to sing as though no one hears me, and to live each day believing with all my soul that heaven is here on Earth.
I understand this now because of my son. With Ryan, I sing and dance for the pleasure it bring us. I pay no attention to anyone else’s glances. And, let’s be honest, if they’re watching, they are most likely watching my adorable son not me. I do love like I have never loved before, because being a mother is an experience unlike any I have ever had. I love my son with a passion and intensity and purity unlike any other love I have known.
Being a mother has brought my life a higher purpose and shown me a bit of heaven here on Earth.