Is pursuing our passion while raising our kids and managing our household actually possible? If yes, how can we do it in a way that won’t affect the quality of care we provide to our kids? Read on to find out.
Once a person becomes a parent, pursuits of passion are typically tossed aside.
Since I became one myself, I can tell you how many people have actually pushed me to pursue my passion in writing: just two — a close friend of mine (my inspiration when it comes to pursuing passion), and my supportive husband.
It’s understandable. As I was looking for some inspiration for this article, I’ve come across one post that speaks exactly what’s on my mind. “Motherhood keeps us busy,” Lauren Gonzales, the article’s author said (you can read her full article here). And that is a hundred percent true. Motherhood keeps us busy we won’t even have time for a long, relaxing shower. Sometimes, even for a quick one.
We spend our days looking after the kids, doing the laundry, preparing meals, cleaning the house, and so on. Even without pursuing our passion, it’s already tough keeping a balance between kids and home. So how can we even squeeze in the things we are passionate about?
Some might tell us to forget about our passion and wait until the kids are older. I actually considered that option. However, my passion was screaming at the top of its lungs that I needed to unleash it, or else I would have gone mad. The question is, how would I find the time to squeeze it in? And is this the right time?
When is the right time to pursue our passion?
My answer to this is NOW. Yes, there’s no other time to pursue our passion rather than now. But hold on… shouldn’t we wait for the kids to at least start going to school?
As I have said, I considered this option. But that means I have to wait for another two years. It wouldn’t be so hard if my creative passion wasn’t bugging me. But it is, and it’s been wrestling its way out from within me. You must have felt it, too. And I just happen to have read an article written by another mom (and she’s a Filipino, too; you can read Riz’ full article here) who had the same story.
So you see, you’re not alone. We probably have that voice inside our heads whispering over and over again — stories waiting to be written, songs waiting to be composed, countries waiting to be visited. They’re all in our heads, and we try as much as we could to ignore them. But each and every single day, they keep on tugging our sleeves, begging to be released.
Once, I tried to put my creativity to use in our church organization. It was a relief, but there’s still something inside me that screams: “I’m a blog waiting to be launched. I’m a book waiting to be written.”
I felt paralyzed. I wanted to do something, but my hectic daily schedule won’t allow me. I became frustrated. Became grumpy. Stressed out. And so I realized, there’s no other choice but to pursue my passion now. If I wait too long, it might affect my mental well being.
So I talked to my husband about it, and he agreed. He didn’t only give his approval — he even pushed me. Of which I am so grateful.
It also makes sense why we should pursue our passion now. We must not let our lives revolve around our kids and our home. It’s tiring, and sometimes depressing, and we need a distraction to keep our sanity in tact. We must do things aside from raising the kids and keeping the house clean — things that we love and make us feel alive again. Something that would refuel our energy and make us bounce back to our vitality. Something that makes us forget we’re exhausted that we don’t even mind having less time for sleep.
As for me, I found it in writing. By writing in this blog, I’ve found another purpose the I could dedicate myself to. And I told myself that if I will use my kids as an excuse not to do it now, another excuse would come up soon. So I’d better do something about it now than have regrets later on.
How can we find balance between our kids and our passion?
It’s not easy, really. At some point, we’d either have less time for our passion or less time for the kids. So we can never really find a balance. But we need to compromise.
In some days, I could only squeeze in an hour for my writing. In other days, I’d spend few extra hours and let my kids watch TV for a while. Which means I have to do the household chores while they play and disturb me from time to time. And that’s fine.
We have our limitations, and there’s nothing we can do rather than accept these limitations and move forward. As what Mark Manson says in his book, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”, we just have to start confronting painful truths in order to find the courage and confidence we seek. And the painful truth is this: as moms, we won’t really ever find the balance that we so desperately want. We just have to stop thinking about it too much and live one day at a time.
So I call upon you fellow stay-at-home moms to start pursuing your passion, or perhaps, chasing that dream you’ve always wanted since you were a kid. You want to become a designer? A successful entrepreneur? A renowned pastry chef? A globetrotter?
I’ve been hanging out the online world for a while and I’ve read stories from other moms who are also successful in their chosen pursuit for passion. I also personally know some of them (read my exclusive interview with Kristel of Cake N Tel). And that’s how I know that it’s possible. We can conquer motherhood and still invade other territories.
Take baby steps — they will eventually take you there
Start small. Write down your dreams. Make a plan. List down your daily goals. We don’t have to do everything now, but we’ve got to do something.
When I was just starting to pursue my passion, I used to write at night when the kids are asleep. I’d type the words out of my head using my mobile phone because I can’t use the laptop since my daughter’s sleeping soundly in my arms. As months went by, it became easier. Now I type everything in my laptop and I have two hours in the morning to dedicate for my writing sessions.
As what they say, all it takes is time and patience.
Learn from others, and keep on learning. Celebrate milestones, no matter how small. That’s what I’ve been doing. And though I’m not as successful yet as those that I look up to, I’m proud that I was finally able to start this blog. I’m not sure whether I’ll be successful just like the rest, but I’m enjoying my journey anyway and it’s making me happier each day, and that’s what matters.
As for you, you just have to start here… and now.
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